Ireland still best value for Six Nations rugby

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At the end of the last Six Nations tournament, I suggested that we should take some of the fancy prices still available about Ireland to win it again in 2010.

Hopefully, you did so then, as there was 4/1 and even bigger available. Now the best price you’re likely to get is 5/2, and it is even a little surprising that the Irish are not clear favourites for the competition.

In fact, the French have been installed as favourites at 13/8.

They have the talent to win, of course, but they so often flatter to deceive and rarely look as good away from Paris. This weekend, the French begin their campaign at Murrayfield, but their visit to Cardiff on Feb 26 could be where they slip up.

Wales are the 9/2 third favourites, while England have almost been written off by the bookies – they are 5/1 to win the tournament, and 14/1 for the Grand Slam. Scotland and Italy are almost any price you like to make any impact this year.

Angus “Statto” Loughran suggests:

“I expect Ireland to start with a win in Dublin this weekend against Italy, but I rate the Italians a decent bet at 10/11 with Ladbrokes with 21 point handicap.

“France may be vulnerable first up against a rejuvenated Scots side, who look overpriced at 9/4 for a big shock at Murrayfield on Sunday, and at 20/1 for the Six Nations, are surely overpriced in the outright betting.

“England and Wales are both priced at 5/1 for the Six Nations, and I expect a tight encounter at Twickenham on Saturday night with England at 4/6 taken to win by a narrow margin.”

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