Six Nations: England's most memorable moments

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Dec 04, 2018 03:52 PM EST

Now the Autumn Tests are over, the Six Nations will take centre-stage from February and the tournament promises to be as exciting as ever.

Ireland are the favourites for a second-successive Grand Slam, but England will be doing everything in their power to secure victory ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in September.

The two sides meet in the first game on February 2nd in Dublin, whereby England boss Eddie Jones will be hopeful his side can come out on top in what will be an epic battle.

With just under eight weeks to go until the big kick-off, we've delved into the archives to bring you England's finest moments throughout the Six Nations.

Chris Ashton inspires Azzurri rout

Wing Chris Ashton was the thorn in an Italy side that were comprehensively beaten by England at Twickenham in 2011.

The 59-13 score didn't tell the true story as Ashton completely stole the show. The Northampton Saints star helped himself to a record-breaking four tries which still remains a feat no other English player has repeated in Six Nations history.

Jason Robinson's try vs Italy

Renowned for his speed and agility, Jason Robinson exercised his attributes in scintillating fashion as England ran out 50-9 winners in Rome.

The full-back picked up the ball on his own ten metre line and after an exchange of passes with Josh Lewsey, headed straight for the Italian line but not before he shimmied past the last defender in breath-taking fashion.

England destroy Italy in record win

We're not picking on Italy, we promise, but the Azzuri have certainly been on the receiving end of large England defeats, but none more so than in 2001.

20-17 down after 27 minutes, England totally perplexed the Italians with a second-half showing that saw Johnny Wilkinson notch 35 points, a Six Nations record. The emphatic score line of 80-23 was also a record as was the winning margin for the Six Nations.

Robshaw's tunnel stand-off

Then England captain Chris Robshaw was involved in one of the more peculiar Six Nations moments. Whilst waiting in the tunnel to enter the field of play, Robshaw quite literally stood his ground as he waited for his Welsh counterparts to line-up alongside them.

Clearly, it was a psychological ploy from Warren Gatland's side to try and get into the minds of the English but Robshaw was adamant he wouldn't lead his side out without the hosts.

Jack Nowell try against France

England knew that a victory over France by at least 26 points would have clinched the title on what was known as 'Super Saturday'. A pulsating clash against the French at Twickenham saw Jack Nowell cross the line with five minutes to play, giving England a 55-35 lead.

However, the French held on and Ireland took top spot to clinch their second successive Six Nations triumph. England fought hard but ultimately, it just wasn't enough.

Johnny Wilkinson's tackle

The first ever Six Nations in 2000 saw England claim the title but they were denied the Grand Slam after a defeat in the final game to Scotland. However, on their way to winning the championship, a 15-9 victory over France in match week two saw Jonny Wilkinson produce one of the finest tackles the game has ever seen.

Emile Ntamack was the unfortunate player to feel the full raff of Wilkinson, who literally dumped the centre with a French attack gathering momentum. Wilkinson was only 20-years-old at the time but the tackle demonstrated his world class potential

Martin Johnson v Ireland

England's twelfth Grand Slam success in 2003 caused quite the talking point before their 42-6 win over Ireland at Landsdowne Road. Captain Martin Johnson refused to move his teammates along the red carpet that had been laid out for Irish president Mary McAleese prior to the game.

The hosts couldn't assume their 'normal' position either when they lined up to sing the national anthems, typically preferring to stand left of the tunnel but Johnson remained defiant and refused to budge.

McAleese got her shoes dirty with the mandatory handshakes for both sets of players but Johnson himself revealed that they held their ground due to a 'random guy' that had tried to move them along. It was all a bit farcical but unintentionally defiant at the same time.

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