The six nations tournament is a matter of days away and the historic tournament will see Europe’s biggest rugby nations clash. Betting Tip Stars takes a look at the tournament and who you should be putting your money on.
Who Will Be Grand Slam Winners?
England are the dominant force in European rugby right now and have won the six nations back to back already. Can hey make it three? Eddie Jones remains at the helm and he is being spoilt for choice for his squad as the old guard who never lived up to the hype start to fade away. The likes of James Haskell seem to have their England das behind them. We are not the only ones who think that this England is the team to beat. Bookmakers have the roses at 5/2 to win the Grand Slam. England does have a few issues though with Billy Vunipola out with injury.
Outside of England Ireland look like the nearest rivals but the fixture list has not laid out favourably for the Emerald Isle. If they wish to win the Grand Slam they would need to beat England at Twickenham on the last day. Their first game is also against France who can never be underestimated. At 4/1 Ireland are better odds for Grand Slam triumph.
For an outside bet France is at an incredible 80/1 to win a grand slam. While admittedly they are in no way the side they were, the flair and passion that is inherent in all French teams is just the type of team to cause upsets. Admittedly it would have to be quite a few upset in a row but with a return like 80/1, it might be too good an opportunity to miss.
Top Try Scorer
Like the team odds, England and Ireland dominate the individual accolades too. Jonny May is favourite with bookies to finish top scorer at 9/1. Josh Adams was a surprise selection and as such has taken the odds men into a bit of a panic and with odds of 125/1 they have gambled he won’t make an impact.
Scottish wingers are at good odds considering their penchant for scoring under current coach Gregor Townsend. Among them, Byron McGuigan and Tommy Seymour are at 66/1 and 22/1.
Forwards are not always thought of as try-scoring options but if the weather affects many games and turns them into a slogfest then CJ Stander is your best bet to score the most from the front lines.
Player of the Tournament
If we think England will repeat their win this year at the six nations you will most likely find an English player in the player of the tournament odds. Last year Joe Launchbury was omitted from the award despite having three man of the match displays. If England dominates as they did last year he will be a big part of it and I think the general public who vote for the award will reward him and repay the crimes of last year!