We're now just a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2023 Six Nations Championship and the bookies' outright odds suggest that this year's tournament could be one of the toughest to call in years. In a World Cup year, being crowned kings of the northern hemisphere would give a huge psychological edge to this year's Six Nations champions. Here at betting.bet we'll cast our eye over the nations in contention to win the tournament whilst we also look at the other major markets, including Grand Slam and wooden spoon odds courtesy of our betting partners at BoyleSports.
Following on from a hugely successful autumn international series, Ireland have been tipped to win a first Six Nations title since 2018. Ireland have won 13 of their last 14 internationals to storm to the top of the world rankings. That run of results includes wins over southern hemisphere giants, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina as well as a Triple Crown win in the 2022 Six Nations championship.
Ireland posses the current world player of the year in flanker, Josh van der Flier, whilst fly-half, Johnny Sexton was also shortlisted for the award. Sexton needs just 26 points to equal O'Gara's record of 557 points and is an obvious choice in the Six Nations' top points scorer market despite a recent injury scare.
France were deserved Grand Slam winners in 2022 as they won a first Six Nations title since 2010. Like Ireland, France earned autumn series wins over both South Africa and Australia and are currently enjoying an unprecedented run of wins. France have not lost any international since the 2021 Six Nations championship. On paper, they're probably the best side at the championship but Les Bleus face daunting away trips against both Ireland and England.
Antoine Dupont was crowned Six Nations player of the tournament for a second time last year and the 26-year-old will be key for France once again this year. In a wide-open market, Dupont could be a solid bet to be named player of the tournament.
England and Wales in Transition
There's a new man at the helm for England, whilst a familiar face has returned for Wales. Both nations possess a real threat to the Six Nations prospects of Ireland and France but it's fair to assume that both England and Wales will have one eye of the World Cup that's just around the corner.
England parted ways with Eddie Jones after losing to both Argentina and South Africa in the autumn. Steve Borthwick is the new man in charge after a successful spell as head coach at Leicester Tigers.
Wales have fallen to ninth in the world rankings after a disastrous run of results under Wayne Pivac. Wales finished fifth in the 2022 Six Nations championship, culminating in an embarrassing first home loss against Italy. Results did not improve in the autumn as Wales suffered a humiliating loss to Georgia either side of defeats against New Zealand and Australia. Wales' 20-13 win over Argentina in the autumn is their only win in their past seven internationals. That woeful run of results has seen Pivac replaced by his predecessor, Warren Gatland.
Gatland won four Six Nations titles during his hugely successful first spell in charge at Wales. It remains to be seen what impact Gatland can have on this Welsh squad.
Six Nations Winner Odds
- 13/10: Ireland
- 7/4: France
- 4/1: England
- 14/1: Wales
- 22/1: Scotland
- 1000/1: Italy
Grand Slam Odds
- Evens: No Grand Slam winner
- 11/4: Ireland
- 10/3: France
- 9/1: England
- 40/1: Wales
- 66/1: Scotland
- 1500/1: Italy
Top Tournament Try Scorer Odds
- 8/1: Damian Penaud (FRA)
- 10/1: Mack Hansen (IRE), James Lowe (IRE)
- 12/1: Antoine Dupont (FRA)
- 14/1: Dan Sheehan (IRE)
- 16/1: Jordan Larmour (IRE), Duhan van der Merwe (SCO), Josh Adams (WAL)
- 18/1: Max Malins (ENG)
- 20/1: Garry Ringrose (IRE), Ollie Hassell-Collins (ENG), Yoram Moefana (FRA), Gregory Alldritt (FRA)