I'm very excited about this tournament because of the fresh feel to the squad. I'd expect England to do pretty well because of the excitement and adrenaline running through the youngsters who have come in. I think there's less pressure on this team due to the fact no one expects the new boys to really do much and going in as under-dogs could work in our favour, we've seen this before with Wales in previous tournaments.
However, we do have a very tough start with Scotland and Italy away, these are two teams that we'd normally beat but Scotland play harder when under pressure and Italy will look at England's in-experience as a weakness. I think if we put two really good performances in with these games the confidence throughout the team will soar and the momentum will build. If this happens, it could be a very interesting few weeks.
Ben Kay is a presenter for ESPN's Aviva Premiership rugby coverage. ESPNScrum.com is providing live scores, commentary, reports, reaction and analysis from the RBS Six Nations. ESPN Classic programming starts on the 4th February with legendary RBS Six Nations encounters between England and Scotland.Reuse content