The Six Nations returns on Saturday, and England will be looking to set a new record to become the first team to win the tournament three times consecutively.
England will start as favourites among fans and bookmakers. Ireland the team fans are the only other team likely to challenge. England play Ireland at home in the final round and that match may prove to be critical in determining the outcome of the Six Nations.
With only one defeat in 23 Tests under Eddie Jones, and successful Six Nation campaigns in 2016 and 2017, there is no doubt that England is the in-form team. Despite that, they’ve failed to replicate the dominating form of 2016 still. Injuries are a reoccurring theme for England, providing a headache prior to the tournament starting.
Both Robshaw and Brown are two notable doubts. Robshaw is suffering from a back injury while Brown has endured blurred vision. It’s Robshaw who will provide a more disruptive absence. With a number of absentees already, the back-row of England is set to not benefit from a wealth of experience.
There is depth in the squad though. That’s why, despite the injuries, they’re still favourites. This depth was needed in the tour of Argentina when several players were unavailable for selection due to the Lion’s call-up.
Most likely to rival them will be Ireland. Their performance for the past couple of years has been inconsistent, beating England last year but losing to Scotland.
Their build-up to the Six Nations has been strong, scoring 50 or more points in four of their last five games. Critics suggest though that the opposition has not been strong enough. Some of their opponents have included Japan, USA and Fiji. We’ll see in the opening round when Ireland face England how much of a disadvantage not facing tougher opponents might prove to be.
They will need a reversal in away form to win the Six Nations. They’ve won only once away in the past two tournaments, and that was in Italy. Their final match is at Twickenham, and so should it come down to the final match, based on home/away form alone, it would put England in an advantageous position.
An England or Ireland outright tournament winner looks highly likely, so bets may be drawn to individual matches.
Predicting the outcome of the individual matches can be challenging. Last year, Wales were expected to beat Scotland, Ireland was expected to beat Scotland, England was expected to beat Ireland. None of those results occurred so it’s likely the winner of the Six Nations will have games they will struggle to win. It’ll create lots of opportunities to bet on.
Six Nations Kick Off Times & TV Channels
All the Six Nations will be broadcasted live on the BBC and ITV. You will be able to stream all the action for free via iPlayer and ITV player, providing you own a TV license.
Saturday, 3rd Feb 2.15pm – Wales vs Scotland (BBC)
Saturday, 3rd Feb 4.45pm – France vs Ireland (BBC)
Sunday, 4th Feb 3.00pm – Italy vs England (ITV)
Saturday, 10th Feb 2.15pm – Ireland vs Italy (ITV)
Saturday, 10th Feb 4.45pm – England vs Wales (ITV)
Sunday 11th, Feb 3.00pm – Scotland vs France (BBC)
Friday, 23rd Feb 8.00pm – France v Italy (BBC)
Saturday, 24th Feb 2.15pm – Ireland vs Wales (ITV)
Saturday, 24th Feb 4.45pm – Scotland v England (BBC)
Saturday, 10th Mar 2.15pm – Ireland vs Scotland (ITV)
Saturday, 10th Mar 4.45pm – France vs England (BBC)
Sunday 11th, Mar 3.00pm – Wales vs Italy (BBC)
Saturday, 17th Mar 2.15pm – Italy vs Scotland (ITV)
Saturday, 17th Mar 4.45pm – England vs Ireland (ITV)
Saturday 17th, Mar 3.00pm – Wales vs France (BBC)
Six Nations Winner Odds
Let’s take a look at who bookmakers think is most likely to win the Six Nations this year. All the odds come via Bet 365, are accurate at the time of publishing, and are subject to change.
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If you fancy betting on who (if anyone) will achieve a Grand Slam, here are the odds ahead of the tournament starting.
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Six Nations Betting Offers
This page will constantly be updated throughout the tournament. It is also possible to see all the offers on our rugby betting offers page.
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.
- Double Winnings – Boylesports will pay double winnings if a game is won by 5 points or less. Extra winnings are paid as cash.
- Money Back If Your Bet Loses– Paddy Power have a market comprising of requested bets. If you bet in this market (#WhatOddsPaddy), and your bet loses, Paddy Power will refund your losing stake as a free bet. This is listed for the first weekend, and we’ll see whether it’s repeated for all weekends in the Six Nations.
- Money Back If Your Bet Loses #2– Betway has a similar promotion. Place a £5 on the BetYourWay market, and Betway will give you a £5 free bet. It’s available for a select game each weekend.
- 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.