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Ireland 5/1 for World Cup after Grand Slam

Ireland’s odds for next year’s rugby union World Cup have been cut after their comprehensive victory over England at Twickenham sealed only the third Grand Slam in their history and their first since 2009. Joe Schmidt’s side raced into a 21-5 lead in London despite losing Peter O’Mahony to the sin-bin and a couple of late scores for England failed to put much gloss on a third successive losing weekend for under-fire boss Eddie Jones.

It’s a far cry from a year ago, when England won the Six Nations at Ireland’s expense at the culmination of a glorious winning run under Jones and the Irish have now replaced them as second favourites for the World Cup, at 5/1 with Bet365. As they embarked on their Six Nations campaign in early February, England were a best price of 4/1 for a second World Cup triumph, but they are now out to 8/1 with Paddy Power – on a par with Australia. Reigning world champions New Zealand remain clear favourites, at a best price of 11/10 with Bet365.

All odds quoted are subject to change