Friday, October 30, 2009

England Difficulty in Autumn Test

England manager Martin Johnson has confirmed that his squad is expecting a difficult trio of games on the Autum Internationals 2009 started next month.

Johnson stated that despite a recent run of injuries causing him to bring in new faces, the squad still has "strength in depth".

Facing Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand on consecutive Saturdays starting from November 7th, England are without Andrew Sheridan, Phil Vickery, Nick Easter, Riki Flutey and Delon Armitage, among others.

The England coach said: "Each of the players coming in has the opportunity to push themselves into contention for the opener against Australia."

Despite this, Johnson commented, the squad is still "looking forward" to the series and predicted that Saracens lock Steve Borthwick - who has been appointed skipper - will do an "excellent job".

The opener against the Wallabies will be held at Twickenham, with Betfair (Go to Betfair ») offering odds of 11/10 for an England win.

Looking ahead to the 2011 World Cup, Paddy Power (Go to Paddy Power ») considers Johnson's men a 14/1 shot to be champions.

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