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Rupert Wyman 3rd Feb 2011 - 17:40

Tindall picked as captain to lead England to victory

Martin Johnson named his side at midday on Wednesday for the opening Six Nations match that takes place on Friday evening.  England play Wales at the Millennium Stadium and they are sure to receive a hostile reception.

England are 4/7 for the eighty minute win and that looks a fair price, except England did start slowly last summer in the summer series in Australasia and in the autumn internationals.

Johnson had to make some vital decisions in the lead-up to his announcement.  The pivotal choice concerned the naming of a captain to replace the injured Lewis Moody.  He chose Tindall as a temporary captain instead of Harlequins' Nick Easter.

They will need to hit the ground running and although the Welsh have been hit hard by injuries to key players they are always up for a game against England at home.  Tindall had been a doubt after suffering a leg injury in the training camp at Portugal recently but he has been past fit.

Johnson has had to make three changes from the England team that lost to South Africa in the autumn. James Haskell has come in for Lewis Moody, while Tom Wood has been handed his debut in place of the injured flanker Tom Croft and Louis Deacon replaces Courtney Lewis.

The atmosphere could be really fiery, the Wales coach Gatland has claimed that he was approached three times by the RFU before taking charge of Wales concerning the England job.

He has also stated that the Saints Skipper Dylan Hartley could be the weak link in the England side and a few former Welsh stars have encouraged sledging. Ex England players have responded and the match should make for great viewing.

Although the World Cup is looming, Johnson's side will want to win the Six Nations and they are 7/4 to win outright.  England have not won in Cardiff for eight years and the home win is 13/10 and the draw is 20/1.

England will be looking for the blistering speed of a confident Ben Youngs to give them the edge. He riled Scarlets fans in Llanelli last month with a 'shush' sign after scoring a match-turning try.  Wales have a knack of falling apart, if they hold strong and take a commanding early lead they could spring a surprise in Cardiff.

If Youngs scores the first try early at 18/1, it could be an onslaught and the handicap of England -4 at 10/11 could be surpassed with ease.  Wales are inconsistent and I would not back the England/England double result at 5/4. If you fancy England to trounce Wales, you can back England  at 13 points + at 3/1.

There is also the possibility that England don't turn up, they were short price favourites against South Africa in their last test but were played off the park.

Wales will go into the Test having lost six and drawn one of their last seven tests. They have not won since last season's Six Nations tournament and I cannot see them reversing the form in Cardiff.



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