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Thursday, February 09, 2012

O2 Inside Line - Six Nations 2012, episode 2

England head to Rome this weekend to face a pumped up Italian side that still have a lot to prove in this Six Nations. In today's O2 Inside Line we catch up with some of the England players ahead of the game.

While Italy's loss to France last weekend looked fairly convincing on the scoreboard, it wasn't quite that way as the side now coached under Jacques Brunel showed plenty of promise.

It's a new regime, as with France, but Italy still have some familiar old faces that can give any side in the world a headache on their day. They've also recalled Marco Bortolami and Gonzalo Canale, adding to the experience in an already formiddable forward pack.

England on the other hand have left things exactly the same, with coach Stuart Lancaster naming an unchanged squad from the side that beat Scotland to win the Calcutta Cup last weekend.

"We have decided to leave the starting team the same to allow them more time to gel together and we are expecting our bench to come on and make an impact as they did last week," Lancaster said.

"Italy will be a very difficult challenge with nearly 700 caps in their starting line-up and it promises to be an outstanding occasion at the sold-out Stadio Olimpico."

On this week's O2 Inside Line Austin and Abi chat to Dylan Hartley and Phil Dowson, some of the players have a snowball fight, and Ben Youngs explains the difference between backs and forwards.

To get the inside scoop on the squad, as well as fun features, match analysis and up to the minute player interviews with presenters Austin Healey and Abi Griffiths, sign up for alerts and watch O2 Inside Line on RFU TV at / #O2InsideLine

Posted by Rugbydump at 7:04 pm | View Comments (7)

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stroudos February 10, 2012 12:08 pm

Flamingo? It's Flaminio Healey, for Christ's sake. Nothing sounds more irritating than a scouser trying to put on a foreign accent!

Hope his score prediction's right though - exactly what I put on sportguru.

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coops February 10, 2012 1:47 pm

Think you may have missed the joke there Stroudos! It was a tongue in cheek comment.

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stroudos February 12, 2012 12:02 pm

Yeah, momentary sense of humour failure! Shame you can't delete your own posts on here...

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Oceansnz February 10, 2012 4:19 pm

Very good chance for Italy to get up this weekend. Scotland last week were mediocre and England barely won. England provided very little scoring opportunities for themselves. They'd have to play a whole lot better to beat the Italians this weekend.

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Pretzel February 10, 2012 6:48 pm

I'm gunning for Italy this weekend...

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Pretzel February 12, 2012 2:31 pm

Sigh, poor old Italy, I was really hoping to see you spank the English, those 2 tries before half time (: BEAUTIFUL! But it was not meant to be I suppose..

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stroudos February 12, 2012 9:32 pm

Fair play to Austin - described the game almost exactly as it happened. Italy ahead for a long period, but England eventually finding a way to break them down. Just needed one more England penalty and his score prediction would have been bang on too.

That Botes bloke did England a massive favour though - did he have his shoes on the right feet?

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