Ireland may have clinched the Six Nations title with their victory over Scotland on Saturday, coupled with England’s defeat to France later in the afternoon, but there is still all to play for when the two teams meet at Twickenham this weekend.
England, who had been odds-on favourites for a third successive title at the start of the tournament, will be desperate to prevent Ireland from claiming only their third ever Grand Slam and their first since their 2009 vintage swept all before them. Ireland, who have benefitted from playing three successive home games since winning in Paris in the opening round of fixtures, are the marginal favourites to win in London, with BetVictor offering the best odds of 10/11.
England, who have lost all the momentum they had gained in two glorious years under Eddie Jones, can be backed at 11/10 with Paddy Power, with the Irish bookie understandably keen to keep their own nation on side. What has become clear over the last six weeks is that it is Ireland, and not England, who represent the northern hemisphere’s best chance of winning next year’s World Cup, with the two countries now available at best odds of 7/1 – with the Irish previously available at 9/1 at Coral.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|