Who wins the Six Nations?
Six weeks of star-studded rugby action are almost here, with France the 77/50 favourites to lift the Six Nations trophy as they build towards a home Rugby World Cup.
The 2022 Six Nations all gets underway in Dublin on Saturday 5th February as Wales begin their title defence at the Aviva Stadium against Ireland.
Here’s our look at the early Six Nations outright betting…
Six Nations Betting | Who Wins the 2022 Tournament?
🏉 France are 77/50 favourites to lift the Six Nations trophy. 🏉
🇫🇷 FRANCE – 77/50 🇫🇷
By the end of this tournament they’ll be just over 18 months to go until France welcomes the world for the 2023 World Cup.
That means Les Bleus Fabien Galthié is under pressure to deliver signs of tangible progress at this tournament that his hosts will be able to last the course next September.
It’s now over a decade since the French last managed to secure the Six Nations trophy, although they ran eventual winners Wales close in 2021.
An underwhelming 23-27 home defeat to Scotland in their rescheduled Round 5 fixture would ultimately end any hopes of a first title since 2009.
Nonetheless, enough strides forward were made to suggest they should rightly start as the ante-post favourites to end their barren run at this tournament.
A commanding 40-25 win over New Zealand was the ideal way to close out last season’s Autumn Internationals – ending their 12-year run without a win against the All Blacks in emphatic fashion.
The fixtures have also fallen in their favour this time around, with a home tie against traditional whipping boys Italy likely to see them start the competition with momentum before Ireland travel to the Stade De France.
Provided he can shake off injury, Antoine Dupont – World Rugby Player of the Year in 2021 – heads up an exciting young generation of French talent still yet to hit their peak potential as French rugby enters a crucial phase in its history.
🏴 ENGLAND – 5/2 🏴
England fans will be hoping that last year’s slump to fifth spot in the table was a minor bump in the road.
Eddie Jones has been looking to the future in his recent team selections, with this year’s tournament an important staging post in his bid to sign off his tenure with Rugby World Cup success in 2023.
The Autumn Internationals helped draw a line under last year’s Six Nations horror-show, with the last-gasp 27-26 win over South Africa undoubtedly the highlight of a mixed 2022 campaign.
That long-awaited Twickenham revenge over the 2019 World Cup champions was also indicative of how Jones’ pivot to youth could be paying dividends, with breakout stars Freddie Steward and Marcus Smith making star turns in helping engineer that victory.
England head to Murrayfield in Round 1 to take on a Scotland team who have still yet to taste success in the current iteration of the tournament.
However, Gregor Townsend’s men did record a famous win over their old rivals last year, lifting the Calcutta Cup after stunning the hosts at Twickenham for the first time in 38 years.
England will be out to return the favour in Edinburgh before a less daunting assignment in Rome in Round 2.
🇮🇪 IRELAND – 41/10 🇮🇪
It’s now three years since Ireland carried all before them when securing a Grand Slam in 2018 under the stewardship of Joe Schmidt.
Since then, it’s been a case of steady transition under Andy Farrell, with the Englishman steering his charges to a third-place finish last spring. His Ireland side would then go on to close out the year with a morale-boosting success over New Zealand in Dublin – only the third time that’s happened in the nation’s history.
Starting out as third-favourites, the Irish could be flying under the radar somewhat given their current generation of stars are in or around their prime, although the form and fitness of the vintage Jonny Sexton will once again be crucial in determining just how far they can go this spring.
They can’t afford to feel their way into this tournament, however, with a tricky start in prospect.
Their quest for Six Nations begins at home to holders Wales before a showdown with France at the Stade de France on 12th February.
🏴 WALES – 6/1 🏴
Are the Welsh being underestimated after storming to a second title in three years last March?
The Welsh start as only fourth favourites to retain their crown – perhaps a reflection of the unexpected nature of last year’s success.
Wayne Pivac started 2021 with question marks over his capacity to move his team forward in the wake of Warren Gatland’s departure.
However, the New Zealander assuaged the doubters with a Six Nations run that saw his team grow in confidence and resilience throughout as they secured the trophy with four wins in five matches.
They also showed an ability to tough it out at the Autumn Internationals with hard-fought 38-23 and 29-28 wins over Fiji and Australia, a characteristic they may need to mount a successful title defence given how the fixtures have fallen.
Much will depend on how they fare on trips to Ireland and England in Rounds 1 and 3.
🏴 SCOTLAND – 41/4 🏴
Scottish fans will have every reason to be cheerful heading into the 2022 Six Nations after a year of marked progress for Gregor Townsend’s men last season.
It a campaign that saw them shatter all sorts of Six Nations shibboleths – winning at Twickenham for the first time since 1983 and ending a 22-year wait for a win in Paris.
Nip-and-tuck Murrayfield defeats to Wales and Ireland will have left Scots supporters with a profound sense of what might have been as they eventually settled for fourth spot.
Gregor Townsend’s men rounded off last season with some encouraging displays at the Autumn Internationals, wiping Tonga to one side in a 60-14 success before recovering from defeat to South Africa to see off a lively Japan 29-20.
🇮🇹 ITALY – 900/1 🇮🇹
The ante-post odds tell the story.
Only Leicester City’s Premier League success in 2015/16 arguably registers as more of a likely shock than Italy securing a first-ever Six Nations title.
However, from tiny acorns etc. Italy’s first objective heading into the 2022 competition will be to avoid a whitewash by picking up their first tournament victory since 2015.
However, Italy head coach Kieran Crowley has been handed a headache ahead of his Six Nations bow with the New Zealander’s first three fixtures all against teams expected to challenge in France, England and Ireland.
He’s made one major call ahead of this tournament in denying national legend Sergio Parisse a sentimental return. The 38-year-old had expressed a willingness to return to international rugby, but Crowley seems to be determined to look forward, with six uncapped players making the cut for the 33-man Six Nations squad.
Fixture information and odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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