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Six Nations Odds : France v England highlight as punters eye 3/1 on England to win Tournament Outright

Latest Six Nations odds, with France v England, Wales v Italy, Ireland v Scotland match preview, tournament outright winner and team news as England at 3/1 attracts plenty of support.

The Six Nations 2014 kicks off this weekend with the news that punters are piling into Betfred’s enhanced price of 3/1 for England to win the 2014 Tournament (was 5/2).

A win in France would see Stuart Lancaster’s side off to the perfect start, and with England taking on Wales and Ireland at Twickenham this year, there are plenty of signs that the 3/1 is probably too big to ignore.

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France are 8/13 favourites to defeat England in the opening rounds of the Six Nations whilst Ireland and Wales look to record comfortable home wins against Scotland and Italy.

The premier European rugby competition is back for another year and the 2014 edition kicks off with a huge rivalry clash as France host England at the Stade de France.

France go into the Six Nations looking to avenge the embarrassment of last year when they finished last and awarded the wooden spoon at the end of the tournament.

For Les Bleus, it has been all change for the New Year which will see Pascal Pape captain the side for the first time on Saturday evening in the absence of injured flanker Thierry Dusautoir.

Alongside that, there will also be a debut for fly-half Jules Plisson as the Stade Francais player looks to make an immediate impact on the international scene.

The changes come in large as France look to pick up just their third win in 13 matches having only beaten Scotland and Tonga over the last 12 months. It could give England some confidence going into the match having just missed out on victory last year with Wales eclipsing them on point difference.

The confidence seems to be showing from Stuart Lancaster who has picked a surprisingly young squad for the trip to France with both Jack Nowell and Luther Burrell expected to make their international debuts on Saturday.

There will be some experience in the squad as Danny Care is brought in to mark his 43rd for England although scrum-half Ben Youngs has been dropped to the bench for the first time since 2010.

In the other main match, Wales will host Italy in the opener with last year’s champions looking to avoid defeat to an ever-improving underdog.

For the opening game at the Millennium Stadium, Lions and Wales captain Sam Warburton will have to make do with a spot on the bench as he continues to recover from a shoulder sustained during the Lions Tour of Australia back in November.

His absence means that second liner Alan Wyn Jones receives the captain’s armband whilst Justin Tipuric will deputise in the flanker position.

Italy have been battling with injuries in the lead-up to their trip to Cardiff and the problems has meant that several experienced players will miss the opening game including Andrea Masi and Gonzalo Canale.

In their absence, it means that Treviso winger Angelo Esposito will make his first appearance for the Azzurri whilst the likes of Michele Campagnaro and Leonardo Sarto will look to the game as opportunity to become first team regulars for future matches.

With so many younger players eager to make their debut, it could mean that the 2014 Six Nations could be headlined by some major upsets during the opening weeks.

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