Edwards praises Lancaster's England

Date published: February 26 2013

Gareth Edwards says England have a great opportunity to claim the Six Nations Grand Slam when they meet Wales on March 16.

Wales great Gareth Edwards reckons England have a great opportunity to claim a Six Nations Grand Slam when they meet the Welsh on March 16.

The British and Irish Lions legend has watched both Wales and England in 2013, with the pair winning against Italy and France last weekend.

And with England facing Italy in London in their penultimate fixture, Edwards is expecting to see an unbeaten visitor enter the Millennium Stadium.

“They're worth a shout – Manu Tuilagi is back in form and Chris Robshaw is leading by example,” he told BBC Radio 5 live before hailing English head coach Stuart Lancaster for a job well done.

“He's [Lancaster] brought the guys down to earth.

“They've lived through difficult truths in the last couple of years because they were not as good as people expected them to be.

“He's now brought stability to a young team that believes in themselves. They are exceptionally talented players but a team without any real stars, so to speak.”

Edwards isn't writing off Wales overcoming their rivals on March 16 though and has been impressed by how Rob Howley's charges have turned the corner after a tough spell.

“After two away wins against formidable opposition, Wales are back in a position where they can compete,” continued the former Wales and Lions star,” he added.

“Some are getting excited about England coming to Cardiff to try to win the Grand Slam. Wales will be hoping that they still have everything to play for in the championship.”