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Scots A Threat To Champions England

A rejuvenated Scotland could hold the key to the Natwest Six Nations Championship after an impressive autumn international series, which saw them run New Zealand close before thashing Australia 53-24 at Murrayfield. The Scots have finished no better than fourth in the last four years and were last in 2015, while they haven’t beaten England to win the Calcutta Cup since 2008.

They have never won the title in a six-team competition, with their last victory coming prior to the addition of Italy in 1999. Yet there have been signs of improvement over recent years and even if the performance against Australia doesn’t necessarily mean they can mount a serious title challenge, especially with the having only two home fixtures, it does raise questions about the 4/5 favourites England’s prospects.

England must play 3 of their games away from home including a visit to Murrayfield. Ireland are expected to be England’s closest challengers, and they play three home games including a visit from Scotland. As for Gregor Townsend’s side, their odds have been halved over the past fortnight – they’re now a best of 11/1 at Stan James.

All odds quoted are subject to change