Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Mill-Ion Times Harder for England

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Mill-Ion Times Harder for England

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Martin Johnson believes England face their toughest start to a RBS Six Nations Championship in living memory.

England open their Six Nations campaign in the cauldron-like atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium when they face Wales on February 5.

That is quickly followed by the visit of France the following week and a trip to Ireland two weeks later.

If England can go through those games unbeaten they will then be well on their way to the title but former England captain Johnson ( who has announced his retirement from competitive rugby ( believes it is a monumental task.

He said: "They have got a very difficult start, there is no doubt about that. I cannot remember ever playing a Six Nations when we had that sort of start."

Despite England's daunting opening, the World Cup-winning captain is convinced coach Andy Robinson's men will rise to the challenge of playing in such high-intensity fixtures.

He said: "England have to play away at Wales, who will be keen to win, and then it is France at home which is a huge game. …

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