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

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

The Rugby World Cup is on the horizon and the Six Nations takes on added significance this year with Europe’s top teams trying to build momentum going into the biggest tournament of all.

Ireland are undoubtedly the team to beat, winning their third Grand Slam last year, and they continued their terrific form in the Autumn Internationals, defeating New Zealand 16-9  in November.

The Irish are the shortest-priced northern hemisphere team to win the World Cup and are odds-on to retain the Six Nations title.

However, with Telegraph columnist Brian Moore predicting Scotland will have a big say in the outcome of the tournament and adding that “Ireland, Wales and, arguably, Scotland, have squads that are probably better than any they have had in the professional era”, there could be plenty of twists and turns before the curtain closes on the Six Nations on March 16.

With betting on rugby proving more popular than ever, it’s worth taking a look at the odds available in the Six Nations outright and top tryscorer markets.

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