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Six Nations 2020 Championship Odds Favor England, Ireland

Date Posted: January 20, 2020

Wales is the defending champion, but it sits just third in rank, trailing behind Ireland and England, in terms of odds released by online oddsmakers for the Six Nations 2020 Men’s Championship.

Sports betting portals, including BetFred and Sky Bet, unanimously favor England to win the 2020 title at 1.67 odds. One main reason is that although the English players lost to South Africa during the finals of the 2019 World Cup, they outperformed the other five teams in that event held in Japan. Is it also noteworthy that England has had more Six Nations championships than any one of the other teams since 2000.

Ireland, with 5.00 odds to win based on bookies’ figures, looks to bounce back from last year’s disappointment. In the 2019 Six Nations, the Irish team lost at home to England and away to Wales, ending up at third spot. This year, Head Coach Andy Farrell said he and the rest of the coaching staff are pleased with the Irish players’ performances in recent weeks. He added:

“We have appointed Johnny as captain for the Six Nations Championship, you can see what it means to him and the enthusiasm he will bring to the role. He has been developing as a leader for a number of years with Ireland, Leinster and the Lions and he will be a positive voice for the group.”

The team ranking third on bookies’ list with 7.00 odds of winning is Wales. The Welsh rugby team won the championship, Grand Slam, and Triple Crown at the 2019 Six Nations. Some oddsmakers say that these sweeping wins hold not much bearing as their former coach Warren Gatland has already been succeeded by Wayne Pivac on a four-year coaching deal. This is a challenge as Pivac needs pick up where his predecessor left off in the fastest time possible ahead of the 2020 Six Nations.

France, whose odds of winning are 8.00, recently introduced a youthful Six Nations 2020 squad. The average age of the French players is 24, thus marking the end of the Jacques Brunnel era of old players. Under the new leadership of head coach Fabien Galthie, France looks to make its mark this year.

To battle it out against France for fourth place is Scotland whose odds to win are at 26.00. This year, the Scottish team will be captained by Stuart Hogg, the most experienced player among all in the Scotland squad. Head coach Gregor Townsend is confident that the new captaincy will greatly help them recover from their last year’s finish at fifth place. Townsend said:

“Stuart is very passionate about playing for Scotland and he’s determined to do all he can to improve Scotland. He really cares about playing for his country, what the jersey represents and also getting the best out of his teammates. He’s a really intelligent rugby player who’s is learning and improving with every season. He’s very good at bringing others into the game and building relationships with those around him. He’s very well respected by our coaching and playing group but that isn’t based on the accolades he’s earned. It’s more about what he does every day at training.”

Sportsbooks see not much hope for Italy to win this 2020 as the team has long had a poor record in the history of the Six Nations. For one, in the 2019 matches, France won not a single match. The team expectedly stands as an underdog for this year’s event at 1001.00 odds of winning.

Six Nations Championship, also called Guinness Six Nations, is an international rugby competition held annually. This sporting event is participated in by the rugby teams of France, England, Ireland, Wales, Italy, and Scotland which coincidentally are Europe’s current six highest-ranked teams. Six Nations 2020 will happen on February 1st to March 14th.

(Photo credits: Bryan Keane/INPHO)