The Six Nations Championship is the more prestigious rugby union competition in the world. The first championship was played in 1883, back then as the Home Nations Championship. The six European nations where rugby union is popular compete for the title – England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy.
England are the current champions and they have won most trophies of all other participants, but the competition is always intense and it is not easy to predict which team will come on top. Two weeks are already behind us and England and Ireland are ahead with 9 points each, followed by Wales with 6 and Scotland with 4, and finally France with 2 and Italy with no points yet.
In the first week, England demolished Italy, whereas in the second week Ireland did the same. The Irish won 15 to 13 against the French in the first match, whereas the English defeated Wales in the second week. Many feel that it will be the match between these two fierce rivals that will decide which team will win the Championship this year. England will meet Ireland in the last (fifth) week of this year’s competition.
Rugby union fans who like to place a wager or two, sure wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to bet on the most popular tournament, so here are the odds for rugby union betting.
Fun88 offers both outright betting on the tournament as well as on individual matches. In fact, multiple markets are offered for each match and if you choose to place a bet with this operator you will have a lot of options. The odds for France to win against Italy are 2/35, whereas the odds for the Italians are 27/4.
The Irish have pretty good chances of winning against Wales, that’s why the odds are only 1/5, whereas the odds for the Welsh are 33/10. The odds for England to win against Scotland are 5/14, whereas the odds for the Scotsmen are 43/20. The handicap betting margin is placed at 18.5 for the match between Italy and France, 10.5 for the match between Ireland and Wales and 5.5 for the England against Scotland match which is expected to be the most unpredictable one of the upcoming three.
In addition you can also bet on which team is going to score first, which team is going to score last, which will be the first team to reach 10, where there’s also an option for neither team to reach 10. Halftime/fulltime and winning margin markets are also offered, as for the outright betting, the odds for England to win are 20/27, the odds for Ireland are 5/4, 14/1 for Wales, 33/1 for Scotland and 500/1 and 1000/1 for France and Italy, respectively.
RealDealBet offers the same range of bets and markets as Fun88 but the odds that are offered by this operator differ. For example, the odds for the France vs. Italy match are 1/20 for the French which is just a bit lower than the odds offered by Fun88, the odds for Italy to win and the odds for a draw are also lower for this match. The odds for the second match – Ireland versus Wales are almost the same as the odds offered by Fun88, albeit still somewhat shorter. In short, we can conclude that the match betting odds at RealDealBet are somewhat lower.
This operator offers the same handicap margin as Fun88, but the odds for each selection are slightly different. The odds for first team to score are also quite similar to the odds offered by Fun88. If you wish to place an outright bet, then the odds for England to win are placed at 20/27, same as with Fun88. The odds for the Irish to win are 6/5, somewhat lower than the 5/4 odds offered by Fun88. The odds for the remaining national teams are also lower than the odds offered by Fun88.
Betser offers the same range of markets and selections as the two other bookmakers listed above. The odds for the France to win against Italy and the opposite selection are the same as the odds offered by Fun88, but the odds for a draw are somewhat higher at Betser. The odds for the Ireland versus Wales match are also higher here, i.e. the odds for Ireland to win are the same as the odds offered by Fun88, but the other two match selections are offered at higher odds. The odds for the third match of the third week (Scotland v England) are almost identical.
The odds offered for the handicap bets are also very similar, 99/100 and 79/100 as offered by Betser and 50/51 and 10/13 as offered by Fun88. You may also place highest half bets, where there are three options – the first half to be the highest scoring half, the second, or a tie between the two halves. It is more likely for the second half to be the most scoring half in all cases.
Finally, the outright betting odds are exactly the same as the odds offered by Fun88. We have to conclude that that betting odds offered by Betser largely match the odds offered by Fun88.
BetBright currently only offers outright betting, but match betting is bound to become available as the matches approach. This bookmaker on the outright doesn’t offer only standard outright betting, i.e. which nation is going to win, you can also bet on whether there’ll be a Grand Slam or a Triple Crown.
The odds for England to win are 5/6, significantly higher than the odds offered by other operators. The odds for Ireland to win are 6/5, slightly lower than the odds for this selection that you’ll find elsewhere. The odds for the other nations are exactly the same as the ones offered by Betser and Fun88.
If you think that no nation will win a Grand Slam, you can place this bet at odds 6/5, whereas if you think that the English might win, the odds are 7/4. The odds for Ireland to win the Grand Slam are 5/2. As for the Triple Crown, the odds for England to win a Triple Crown are 11/10, the odds for Ireland are 5/2, whereas the odds for a No Winner are 2/1.
MintBet also offers both match and outright betting, although there are fewer match betting markets compared to other operators. On the other hand, there are plenty of options when it comes to outright betting. The odds for France to win against Italy are 1/14, marginally higher than the odds offered by most other operators, whereas the odds for Italy are 15/2, which is quite higher than the odds that you’ll get elsewhere.
The odds for Ireland to win are 2/9, also a bit higher than the odds offered by other bookies, whereas the odds for England to win against Scotland are the same as the odds offered by Fun88. Handicap (no tie) is the only other match betting market offered and the margin here is placed at 16.5 for the France versus Italy match, whereas the margin for the match between Ireland and Wales is placed at 8.5. The margin for the Scotland against England match is placed at 5.5.
The outright odds are 3/4 for England and 11/10 for Ireland. As you can see the odds for England are just a tad higher, but the odds for Ireland are somewhat lower. The odds for the other teams are the same as the odds offered by other operators. Here you can also place a Triple Winner and a Grand Slam bet, but in addition you can also bet on the top tryscorer and currently the odds for Frenchman Teddy Thomas are 6/4, whereas Jonny May and Jacob Stockdale are tied at 5/1.