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Jamie George 'absolutely' believes England can be title contenders

By Liam Heagney
Jamie George with England in Rome (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Test-level skipper Jamie George isn’t writing off his England team’s chances of winning the 2024 Guinness Six Nations. The English have won the two most recent tournaments played after a Rugby World Cup, being crowned champions in 2016 and again in 2020.

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Having finished as bronze medal winners at France 2023, a level of optimism existed about England’s championship chances. They were poor, however, in their round-one win away to Italy, coming from being behind at the interval to eventually win 27-24 without managing a for-try bonus point.

Their blunt display contrasted negatively with the sparkle exhibited by Ireland in their mauling of France in Marseille and Andy Farrell’s side will now be heavily tipped to win back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time in Irish rugby history.

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England will host Ireland at Twickenham in round four. Before that, they will pick up the driftwood of their underwhelming efforts in Rome by taking on Wales next Saturday where a win would leave them two from two on the table and add to George’s belief that his England team are title contenders.

Asked if England are capable of battling Ireland and winning trophies, the hooker said: “Absolutely. I don’t want anyone to be involved in this squad if they don’t genuinely believe that we can go and challenge the best and win this tournament.

Six Nations

P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
Ireland
1
1
0
0
5
2
England
1
1
0
0
4
3
Scotland
1
1
0
0
4
4
Wales
1
0
1
0
2
5
Italy
1
0
1
0
1
6
France
1
0
1
0
0

“Looking at Ireland, they were very impressive. Not many teams go to France and perform like that. It’s a blueprint for us, and any team, to look at how they approached that game.

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“France will be disappointed with how they played but for us, we are going to be learning fast and we need to make sure we learn our lessons and be very clear about what we want to go after next week.

“We have got a great opportunity to be back in front of our fans against Wales next weekend and really give them something to smile about.”

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