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England now just 4/7 for Six Nations – Ireland out to 11/2

| 06.02.2017

The opening day of the 2017 Six Nations championship proved to be a thrilling and dramatic affair. But ultimately it put favourites England in an even stronger position.

Eddie Jones’ men were pre-tournament favourite at 5/6, but those odds had already been given a boost before the Red Rose took to the field.

That’s because Ireland – tipped by many as England’s largest threat – went down 27-22 to tournament dark horses Scotland at Murrayfield.

It was a huge blow to the Emerald Isle, and Joe Schmidt’s men have now tumbled from 12/5 to 11/2.

That result, coupled with England’s hard-fought victory over France, moved the reigning champions into 4/7.

But it’s excellent news for the Tartan Army, whose victory gives plenty of weight to those who fancy Vern Cotter’s side to make a real statement this year.

The Scots haven’t won this event since 1999 – when it was still the Five Nations – but they’re now 9/1, from 16/1 pre-tournament.

It was an impressive display from the Scots, for whom Stuart Hogg stood out with a pair of tries.

Hogg is 3/1 favourite to be the championship’s top-tryscorer, ahead of Wales’ George North and England’s Johnny May at 5/1 and 12/1 respectively.

Leigh Halfpenny got the job done for the Welsh in Rome on Sunday, but the 33-7 scoreline over Italy flattered the visitors.

It was a scrappy first 60 minutes for the Dragons, who are alongside Ireland at 11/2.

The odds have continued to fall for England though, who are now 7/4 from 11/5 to claim a second straight Grand Slam, and they’re just 13/8 for the Triple Crown.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.