Six Nations: England 5/2 for Grand Slam

England have been cut to 5/2 to win the Grand Slam after making it two wins from two in the Six Nations with a 40-9 victory over Italy.

Coach Eddie Jones had demanded England dished out a “good hiding” at the Stadio Olimpico and they did just that as Jonathan Joseph plundered a hat-trick of tries in a final half-hour that was dominated by the Red Rose.

England are now odds on for the Six Nations title at 17/20 after following up their opening victory over Scotland. Only England and France are still capable of winning the Grand Slam, but tougher assignments await the tournament favourites, starting with Ireland's arrival on Saturday week.

Jones is delighted with the way England have started the campaign, saying: “We've had two games and two wins and no major injuries, so we're sailing along pretty well at the moment.”

England will have home advantage for the visits of Ireland and Wales to Twickenham and hat-trick hero Joseph said: “We have a great opportunity now. We've had two away games and we've won both. We're back in front of our home crowd next and that's massive for us. It's a hard place for teams to come and win. It's about pressuring them and hopefully coming away with the win.”

France have beaten Italy and Ireland at home in their first two games and are 9/2 for the title and 8/1 for the Grand Slam as they prepare to go to Cardiff to face Wales in the next round of matches.

Wales are seen as England’s most likely title rivals and can be backed at 19/10 after following up the draw in Ireland with a narrow victory over Scotland.

Coach Warren Gatland said: “For us it's about the next two weeks. If we can beat France we are potentially playing England for the Championship. That's how it boils down, and that's taking nothing away from Italy in the last game.

“If we are able to win the next two games I think the motivation will be there to play Italy at home. But it's about one step at a time.”