The 6 Nations kicks off once again on Saturday and England are in search for back-to-to back titles for the first time since 2001. After an impressive and destructive summer, Eddie Jones has promised England that they will defend their Grand Slam from last year with a style of rugby that he hopes will ignite the entire Six Nations; but after 14 successive victories, they are sure to have a target on their backs and the team to beat.
At the moment, it looks like England’s most dangerous of their rivals are Ireland, who ended New Zealand’s record breaking run last year, and now have England in their sites and aim to end their winning streak too. March 18th can’t come soon enough which is the date when the two teams collide. I truly think the tournament will come down to the final match when England travels to Dublin to conclude the 6 Nations campaign. This match has been touted as a Grand Slam clash in the making and one which could have the bookmakers scratching their heads, yet they are already placing England as 2/1 for the 6 Nations clean sweep and Ireland as only the third favourites at 9/2. For more odds regarding the 6 Nations, head over to our dedicated Rugby page where you will find the best odds across the entire market.
6 Nations championship winner:
It goes without saying that after the 2016 clean sweep and the demolition of the Wallabies in their own back yard makes Eddies Jones England as the big favourites of the competition despite the difficult trips to Ireland and Wales along the way. Its then over to Ireland as second favourites to lift the trophy, the odds are as followed: England 20/23, Ireland 9/4, Wales 9/1, France 12/1, Scotland 25/1, and Italy 1,000/1
Top Try Scorer
With bonus points on offer for the first time in the 6 Nations, tries will become something like the Holy Grail in regards to winning silverware. That said it therefore comes to no surprise that the English and Irish speedsters hold sway at the top of the betting odds. The odds are as followed: Owen Farrell 11/10, Leigh Halfpenny 3/1, Greig Laidshaw 4/1, Jonathan Sexton 6/1, George Ford 33/1.
Only five teams have reclaimed the Grand Slam on the second coming and England aim to become the sixth. After their impressive year, they are now ranked second in the global rankings and surely if they are to go and win the 6 Nations, the next mission is to rid New Zealand of global domination, but to do that, they first need to overcome their European Rivals.