England favourites but Wales and Ireland are heavily fancied to run them close

England favourites but Wales and Ireland are heavily fancied to run them close

A superb opening weekend in the Six Nations featured England surprising many with victory over last year’s Grand Slam winners Ireland, Wales producing a remarkable comeback against an error-filled France side and Scotland doing precisely what everybody expected in beating Italy.

With Ireland now up against it to retain their crown, England’s trip to Wales on February 23rd could prove pivotal in deciding this year’s Six Nations, but there are sure to be plenty of twists, turns and upsets as the competition reaches a thrilling climax.

The betting markets look radically different after the first round of matches, so let’s take a look at the latest odds on offer, with England and Wales the big market movers after thrilling wins in Dublin and Paris respectively.

New favourites

England 4/6

After inflicting Ireland’s first Six Nations home loss for six years, England have usurped last weekend’s opponents to assume the mantle of Six Nations favourites. Eddie Jones’s side went into the match at the Aviva Stadium as underdogs but outplayed their opponents to produce a win reminiscent of a Clive Woodward-led side in 2003. England went on to beat Australia in the World Cup final that year and this side has been backed to do similar – they are now into 5/1 to win in Japan. Deserving favourite for the Six Nations after a stunning win in their opening match, England will fancy their chances of beating France at Twickenham this weekend before facing a tough task in the Millennium Stadium against Wales. An injury to Mario Itoje will be a blow for the remainder of the tournament but England have strength in depth and are now just 13/8 for the Grand Slam.   

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