Rugby betting: Six Nations outright tips
We assess the outright markets for the 2020 Six Nations, including a winner, straight forecast, top try scorer and top points scorer.
England are one of just two teams coming into this Six Nations without a new head coach, and that continuity should help them to win their first title since 2017.
Eddie Jones has an impressive record in this competition, with two wins – one a Grand Slam – and a second place in four attempts giving him a serious edge over his counterparts.
The nucleus of the side that finished runners-up at the World Cup remains in place, though they have been bolstered by the addition of some standout Premiership performers.
If you’re put off by the short price, however, then it could be worth taking a punt on France at to win their first championship since 2010.
Fabien Galthie’s young squad will be unencumbered by the perennial underachievement of their predecessors, and new defence coach Shaun Edwards should add the discipline that has been missing in recent years.
They also face a favourable fixture list, with their two opening matches against England and Italy both being at home. Win those, and France will be hard to stop.
GRAND SLAM: England
With four untested sides taking part, it would be easy to back ‘No winner’ at .
There has, however, been a Six Nations Grand Slam winner following the last four Rugby World Cups.
England were the last side to achieve that during Jones’ first year in charge, following on from a disastrous 2015 World Cup.
It’s safe to say that they are in a much better position this time round, and another perfect campaign would reflect the progress that they have made under the Australian.
STRAIGHT FORECAST: England/France
These two sides meet on Sunday at the Stade de France in a match that should be the highlight of the opening weekend.
The winner of that will be in a brilliant position to win the whole thing and, with England having won seven of their last 10 against France, they are favourites to come out on top.
Should France lose, then a favourable home tie against Italy next up will ensure that they quickly recover.
Wales and Ireland will, as always, be competitive, but the departures of Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt mean immediate success for their new regimes is unlikely.
TOP TRY SCORER: Teddy Thomas
Thomas was a surprising omission for France at the World Cup but is back in the fold under Galthie.
He is currently the top try scorer in the European Champions Cup with six in four matches, and the joint-second top try scorer in the Top 14 with six in seven.
His international record of 10 tries in 16 appearances, including three in five Six Nations matches, isn’t bad, either.
Jonny May and Josh Adams are both priced shorter than Thomas, but the Racing 92 winger is the man in form.
TOP POINTS SCORER: Owen Farrell
Farrell was top scorer in the 2019 Six Nations, racking up 59 points in five games, and is the rightful favourite to repeat the feat this year.
The England fly-half also finished top of the pile in 2016 with 69 points, second in 2017 with 63 and sixth in 2018 with 39.
His consistency makes him hard to overlook here, especially considering his performance at the recent World Cup, where he finished second in the scoring table with 58 points.
If you’re looking for more value, then France fly-half Romain Ntamack could be worth a punt at .
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