England are the new odds-on favourites to win rugby union’s Six Nations Championship after opening their campaign with a surprise win over Ireland.
Eddie Jones’ side were as big as 3/1 with Ladbrokes to win in Dublin on Saturday, but produced a wonderful performance in both defence and attack to run out 32-20 winners.
Wales got their series off to a flying start by coming from behind to beat France 24-19 in Paris on Friday night and they are now the second favourites to win the title, at best odds of 11/4* with Ladbrokes.
Scotland were the other winners on the opening weekend, beating Italy 33-20 at Murrayfield. The Scots are available at 12/1* with Coral in the title betting, with ante-post favourites Ireland, the defending champions, now 13/2 with Paddy Power.
Next weekend’s second round of fixtures sees Ireland visit Scotland and Italy host Wales on Saturday, before England welcome France to Twickenham on Sunday.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|