Martin Johnson's charges have shown gradual improvement over the last year
and have the makings of a team that could go all the way, but 2011 is probably
Johnny Wilkinson looks set to occupy the pivotal 10 jersey as Johnson hopes
to see a repeat of 2003.
But England is not the settle team it was in 2003, yet they look a lot better
than they did in 2007, when they made the final against South Africa. There's
some much needed X factor in players like Ashton and Tuilagi but they key to
winning the cup will still rest on the shoulders of the pack and the pivot.
Don't believe anyone who tells you running rugby will win a World Cup.
So how will England fair?
William Hill has posted the following odds on the stage of elimination for
Pool Stage (12/1), Quarter Final (5/6), Semi Final (5/2), Runner Up (13/2),
From these odds
William Hill, and most other bookies, seem to think that England is most
likely to suffer a Cup exit at the Quarter Final stage against France which we
think is a bit harsh.
The value bet here is betting on an England exit in the Semi Final against
Australia at 5/2. The Aussies are peaking at the right time. Their pack has more
mongrel in it that in the last 20 years, and they have depth in key positions.
As much as it pains me to say this, England will struggle with the pace they
play the game at, even if the Australians play it conservatively. Blast away if
you disagree with me :)
Chris Ashton is 2/1 to score the most tries for England with Mark Cueto at
13/2 and Manu Tuilagi at 7/2.
Posted by Ryan D Jaeger at 08:07 on 5 September 2011
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