Next month the 2020 Six Nations starts and we have the latest odds on this year’s tournament and who can take the trophy from Wales
This year is the 21st edition of the Six Nations competition. It is an annual Rugby Union tournament played between England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy. All the six teams play each other with the winner being crowned the Six Nations champion.
As there are only five games for each team in the Six Nations, each win is really crucial. Teams receive four points for a won, two for a draw and nothing for a loss. Bonus points are also available. Firstly for scoring four or my tries in a match and secondly for losing a match by seven points or less. Both of these bonus points can be won in one match. Finally, if a team wins all five games, a Grand Slam, they will receive three bonus points to ensure they can’t lose the Six Nations overall.
Last years winners were Wales, who won the Grand Slam and finished with 23 points. This year however they aren’t even in the top two favourites. Were going to take a look at the latest odds on Betfair for the 2020 Six Nations.
This year’s favourite are the 2019 Rugby World Cup runner ups. Last year they came second in the Six Nations after being beaten by Wales in the third round of fixtures. However, this didn’t discourage them and they went on to have a fantastic World Cup. England put in some fantastic performances, in particular against New Zealand, and have shown at their best they can beat anyone. This year they will be a tough side to beat and it’s no wonder they are the favourites.
In second for this year’s tournament are Ireland. They last won the Six Nations in 2018 and then came third in 2019. They got through the group stages of last years World Cup and were beaten by New Zealand in the quarter-finals. However, in the World Cup, they also picked up some poor results including a 19-12 loss to Japan. They’ll be hoping there isn’t a repeat of this performance next month.
The 2019 winners will be hoping to make it a double this February. They were fantastic last year and won the Grand Slam beating this years favourites 21-13. They went to the World Cup and came up just short after being beaten by South Africa in the semi-finals. Unfortunately for them, this was the last time Warren Gatland would be in charge and they go into this years Six Nations with Wayne Pivac as head coach.
Les Bleus last won the Six Nations in 2010. Since then they haven’t had a great record. Last year they came fourth in the competition with only two wins. They did, however, reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup where Wales knocked them out. France aren’t the force they used to be but will be looking at this Six Nations to try and bring them back to their best.
One win in the competition last year won’t give Scottish fans the much hope for this year. They have never won the Six Nations since it started and it will be a struggle to change that this year. Their last trophy in this whole competition was the Calcutta Cup in 2018 for beating England. They nearly came close again last year when they drew with England in the last round of games. There 2019 World Cup journey ended early when they came third and didn’t make it out of the groups.
Italy are known for being good at many, but rugby isn’t one of them. Last year they lost all five of their Six Nations games and in finishing bottom won the Wooden Spoon. In the 20 years the Six Nations has been going they have come away with the Wooden Spoon an impressive 14 times! An opening game against Wales at the Principality is a very tough one and one that will probably set them on their way to a 15th Wooden Spoon.