Andrew talks up England depth

08 February 2018 23:26:49 GMTPlus11

England have the depth to cover for their injuries and win the Six Nations, according to former fly-half Rob Andrew.

The Red Rose began their campaign with a comfortable victory over Italy to leave them top of the championship after one game.

It will get tougher for Eddie Jones' men from here on in and they are missing number eights Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes, but Andrew believes that there is ability right throughout the squad.

"From England's perspective, the strength in depth is so great that they will be able to overcome it," he said.

"We saw that in Argentina when they had all the players on the Lions tour and they actually played really well.

"They came back in the autumn, probably didn't fire and I think that's the thing about this year's Six Nations; who picks up the reins quickest after a Lions tour."

Despite England's depth, Andrew insists that they potentially have a difficult draw with them playing Scotland and France away from home.

He added: "England have got two tough away games now they've put away Italy, with Scotland and France.

"France have got some very talented players and their front-five will be strong, and if England's front-five is creaking through the tournament that may spread to the rest of the team.

"If England don't get on the front foot, which they haven't done at certain times, and they didn't particularly in the autumn, then they don't look such a dangerous side."

England are 1.14 to win and 5.50 to lose to Wales on Saturday.

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