Six Nations: England favourites after opening action

Four teams are realistic contenders for the Six Nations title after the opening weekend produced hard-fought wins for England and France plus a draw between Ireland and Wales in Dublin. Ahead of the second round of fixtures this weekend, here are the odds and the reaction from each camp.

ENGLAND (33/25)

Coach Eddie Jones: “We control our own destiny. We want to go to Rome and smack Italy. I've already said to the boys that's our aim - to go out there and give them a good hiding. Italy are going to be tough because they should have beaten France, but that's our aim.”

WALES (2/1)

Captain Sam Warburton: “We have got three home games out of four now, and they are must-win matches.”

Centre Jamie Roberts: “We won a championship in 2013 after losing a game, and we all know what happened last year when teams dropped a game. So the championship is wide open. If we win our next three games, we will be in with a shout.”


Scrum-half Conor Murray: “We can definitely still win the title. Whatever anyone says about the draw, we're still in the hunt. Performance-wise it was a good way to start and I think we can build on that and get better. Perhaps there are mixed feelings about the draw, but overall we're probably

more happy than anything, and I'm not afraid of saying that.”

FRANCE (8/1)

Full-back Maxime Medard: “We really wanted to do something good. There was the win, but not the style for the whole match. On our tries we saw a team with potential. This team has a lot of quality and I hope we'll show more next week."