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Six Nations mismatch as Italy heads to title-chasing England

(AP) -- There's never been so much debate about the worthiness of Italy's place in the Six Nations, so it's hardly ideal timing for the beleaguered Azzurri to be facing title-chasing England in the competition's ultimate mismatch.

The Italians are on a nine-match losing streak in the Six Nations, their most recent setback being a 63-10 defeat at home to Ireland. The English have won their last 16 matches, moving them three victories away from a tier one record streak of 19 and a second straight Grand Slam.

Some British bookmakers are giving odds of 50-1 on Italy winning at Twickenham, an extraordinary figure for a single head-to-head in a top-tier tournament.

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