Italy vs. England: 6 Players with a Point to Prove in Six Nations Clash

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Italy vs. England: 6 Players with a Point to Prove in Six Nations Clash
Sang Tan/Associated Press

There is nothing quite like a win over Wales to send English rugby into euphoria.

The plaudits came thick and fast for Stuart Lancaster’s men after their 29-18 win, and they were largely deserved for an accomplished performance.

Their opponents in the last round, on the other hand, turned in their worst effort of the championship, drowning in a green sea of gratitude washing over Brian O’Driscoll that subsided for long enough for Ireland to issue the Azzurri a fierce beating.

So England can expect a reaction at the Stadio Olimpico when they run out for only their second visit to the ground. Lancaster has already hinted he will stick with the starting line-up he fielded last weekend, while Italy must find a way to bounce back from a harrowing trip to Dublin against a side brimming with confidence.

Let’s assess the men with work to do.

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