The 2017 Six Nations will be the 18th in the series, and starts on February the 4th, with Scotland facing Ireland at the Murrayfield Stadium.

England are favourites, and will be looking to defend their 2016 Grand Slam, which was their first in 13 years.

There is an introduction of a new bonus point scoring system being trialled for this Six Nations. It means even a losing team can pick up points. It’s not completely new though. It’s already used in several Rugby tournaments, including the World Cup. It’s designed to encourage more attacking and try scoring play (which in theory should create more entertaining rugby). Here is how the new scoring system will work:

  • Winner of the match is awarded four match points (five points if there are four or more tries in doing so)
  • The losing team will be awarded zero match points, however the losing team can earn bonus points if
    • One match point if they score four or more tries OR lose by a margin of seven or fewer points
    • Two match points if they score four or more tries AND lose by a margin of seven or fewer points
  • Teams that draw will receive two match points, and a further match point if they score four or more tries within the game
  • If a nation completes the Grand Slam, they receive three bonus points

The bonus point scoring system would not have changed the outcome of last years’ Six Nations, nor in 2015 or 2014. However, none of the teams would have changed their tactics within game to play for the bonus points, so it makes it really hard to compare.

If a team has scored three tries during a match, this new scoring system will give the team a big incentive to go on to try to get the fourth. Plus with the general mechanism relying on tries, it is hoped that the 2017 Six Nations will become a more attacking tournament, and assessment against achieving this objective will be a key talking point. It is only a trial, so should it be evaluated it was not beneficial, it could be removed for the subsequent tournament in 2018.

Where to watch the Six Nations live on TV

The Six Nations is broadcast on domestic TV in the UK, with the rights being held by the BBC and ITV.

This deal runs up until 2021 so it’ll be kept away from pay TV for some time yet.

Six Nations Betting Odds

England have now won the Six Nations, but here were the odds prior to the tournament starting:

  • England – 1.80
  • Ireland – 3.75
  • Wales – 6.00
  • France – 13.00
  • Scotland – 17.00
  • Italy – 1001.00

While, odds for a Grand Slam to be won by the various teams:

  • No Winner 1.80
  • England – 3.25
  • Ireland – 7.00
  • Wales – 11.00
  • France – 51.00
  • Scotland – 101.00
  • Italy – 2001.00

Six Nations Betting Offers

This page will be updated with the offers as they become available. Visit our rugby betting offers page for all rugby offers.

A lot of the offers focus on extra winnings if try scorers go on to get a second or third try. With the new bonus system likely to create more tries, punters may get extra value out of these offers.

  • Free £10 bet – Bet £20 on first try-scorer during the France v Wales game on 18th March, and receive a free £10 bet to use on the first try-scorer market for the Ireland v England game, later that afternoon.
  • Early payout if your team goes 10 points up – This one is by Paddy Power. Back a  team to win in the opening weekend (so the first three matches) and should your backed team go ten points clear at any point during the game, Paddy Power will pay you out early as a winner.
  • Betfair Rugby Acca Insurance- Their ‘Acca Edge’ offer applies to rugby.  Create an accumulator, and within the betting slip, you have the option to ‘edge’ the bet. That means, if one selection doesn’t come in, then you get a refund, in cash. The compromise is slightly less winnings, but the benefit is getting the refund as cash, rather than as a free bet.
  • Betfred/ Totesport Enhancement– these two bookmakers have the same offer. If your player scores the first try of the match and then goes on to score another, they will double your first try scorer price.
  • 10Bet Acca Bonus – Earn a bonus of up to 60% on your rugby accumulators with a minimum of five selections.