England avenged last year’s Cardiff defeat to Wales with a 29-18 victory at Twickenham on Saturday, ending the defending champions’ chances of a third successive win, while putting themselves in contention for the Six Nations title.
England scored tries through Danny Care and Luther Burrell, and came close to a third late in the game, but the manner in which they played will have pleased fans the most.
Powerful up front, solid defence and attacking intent all combined to outplay Wales, who play Scotland next in what will be a bit of a dead rubber, but a chance to restore pride.
In this week’s O2 Inside Line England fans get a look behind the scenes ahead of the clash with Italy, which is a must win fixture if they’re to stand a chance of taking the title. They’ll be hoping Ireland don’t win against France, and they score plenty of points in Rome.
Player Analysis with Jack Nowell and Tom Johnson looks at some of the tries that were scored, and there’s a focus on Italy’s strengths, and talisman Sergio Parisse at the back of the scrum. They then voice-over Player Cam during the behind-the-scenes footage in the gym.
In team mates we hear from a number of players including Danny Care, Mike Brown, Joe Launchbury, Owen Farrell, Joe Marler and Chris Robshaw to find out who the funniest team mate is.
There’s also an interesting look at team analysts Mike Hughes and Duncan Locke, who go through the ins and outs of all the video analysis that is available leading up to and during Test matches.
Italy vs England, Stadio Olimpico, Saturday 15 March 2014, 12.30pm GMT
UPDATE: England have selected an unchanged starting lineup for the match against Italy. There is one change on the bench, with Manu Tuilagi coming in for Alex Goode.
Italy team: TBC
15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 David Wilson, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw, 8 Ben Morgan
Replacements 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 George Ford, 23 Manusamoa Tuilagi