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England Opens as +120 Favorite to Defend Six Nations Title in 2021; France (+240) Given Better Odds than Ireland (+380)

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in Rugby

Dec 1, 2020 · 4:21 PM PST

England's Tom Curry, center, shakes hands with teammate England's Charlie Ewels, left, after the end of the Six Nations rugby union international match between Italy and England at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. England won the game 34-5. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • Reigning champions England are given favored status to win the 2021 Six Nations rugby title at odds of +120
  • France, which lost the 2020 title to the English in a tiebreaker, are the +240 second betting choice
  • Initial matches in the Six Nations are slated for Feb. 6th

England are reigning Six Nations rugby champions and are being favored to repeat that title-winning performance in 2021. The English are slotted in as the +120 favorites to capture back-to-back championships, just as they did in 2016-17.

France, the only side to defeat England in the 2020 Six Nations, are the second betting choice at +240. Ireland, which scuttled a chance at the title by losing to the French in Paris during the final weekend of competition, are listed at +380 in the Six Nations odds.

Wales (+1100), Scotland (+1400) and Italy (+20000) are the longshots on the board.

2021 Six Nations Odds

Country Odds
England +120
France +240
Ireland +380
Wales +1100
Scotland +1400
France +20000

Odds taken Dec. 1 at FanDuel

The 2021 Six Nations tournament gets underway on Feb. 6th.

English Beat

England have rattled off seven successive victories. The last defeat suffered by the English was a 24-17 setback to France in the opening match of the 2020 Six Nations tournament.

England rolled to the Pool A title in the Autumn Cup with solid wins over Wales (24-13), Ireland (18-7) and Georgia (40-0). Jonny May scored a pair of tries in the triumph over the Irish, giving him 31 tries for England in test rugby.

Sterling defense is proving to be a trademark of the English side. In six of their seven wins, they’ve allowed 13 points or less.

France-England Showdown

The top-ranked sides for the Six Nations will offer rugby fans a bit of a preview of coming attractions this weekend. England will play host to France in the final of the Autumn Cup on Sunday at Twickenham.

France gutted out a 22-15 away win over Scotland in Round 2 of the tourney. The French followed that up by smacking Italy 36-5 at the Stade de France, clinching their date with England.

The young French side performed impressively in the 2020 Six Nations. With a bit more experience under their belts, they could prove a real value play for this year’s tournament.

France haven’t won the Six Nations since 2010.

Inconsistent Irish A Mystery Team

Ireland certainly hold all the necessary pieces to win the Six Nations. Where the Irish seem to struggle is puzzling those pieces together into consistent form.

They drubbed Wales 32-9 in the Autumn Cup but have lost two in a row to England. Last year, with the Six Nations title there for the taking, Ireland took a pratfall and were humbled 35-27 in France.

Scotland Being Overlooked

Scotland turned in its best Six Nations performance in years in last year’s tourney. The Scots won three consecutive Six Nations matches for the first time since 1996. They haven’t worn the tournament crown since 1999.

While it’s unlikely that Scotland will be winners of the 2021 event, offering the Scots at longer odds than a clearly out-of-form Welsh side is an oversight.

Wales Off The Rails

Wales have gone into free-fall since an impressive semi-final performance at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. New coach Wayne Pivac vowed to bring a more attacking style to Welsh rugby but so far it’s not working.

Wales finished fifth at the 2020 Six Nations. That was the worst performance by a Welsh side since 2007.

A 43-14 victory over Georgia in the second round of the Autumn Cup ended a six-match losing skid for the Welsh. However, that was immediately followed by the 24-13 loss to England.

Italians Aren’t Stallions

The Italians are the free spot on the tournament bingo card.

Italy have lost 27 consecutive Six Nations matches.

Pick: France (+240).

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