6 Nations 2021 – Preview and Tournament Bets

In a year that is still just as crazy as when we left off at the back of the last tournament, we still look for the light at the end of the tunnel. For so many people around the world at the moment, that one release and normality is sport, whether it be rugby, racing, football. It is the one thing that continues to be that link to a normal life, and personally I can’t wait to see Twickenham, Murrayfield And others packed to the rafters with fans again. But until then we watch sport behind closed doors from our screens at home. When that first match kicks off in 10 days time, we can all join together to watch the sport we love.

Below we take a small look at each side, where we think they will finish in the table, one emerging star from each nation that could take the tournament by storm and also some of the best bets we think are available.

England

Tournament winners last year, if not a bit fortuitously, one moment of madness from a French prop almost gifted England the title. They may have sealed the tournament and also won the Autumn nations cup at the back end of last year, but I haven’t seen them move forward. The club game seems stagnant, even though it is a very competitive league, as soon as they meet the French and Irish sides they have been schooled in the way rugby should be played. Has Eddie Jones got anything up his sleeve to keep moving this side forward? I also worry that a group of these players haven’t seen competitive rugby since the autumn. It is a big ask for them to hit the ground running

Potential star: Ben Earl

Finishing position: 3rd

France

A side that continues to surprise people. They are building very nicely towards the next World Cup which is their ultimate goal. They are showing they have plenty of strength in depth and their domestic league looks very strong at the moment. They came close to beating England in the final of the Autumn Nations cup with an almost 3rd string side. They will go well again this year and it may come down to a shootout between them and Ireland

Potential star: Matthiew Jallibert

Finishing position: 2nd

Ireland

The boys from the Emerald Isle will be very hopeful of a big tournament. They have big matches at home this year and the fixture list reads about as comfortable as it could do. There is a lot of young talent in Ireland mixed with some serious experience. Their players are monitored throughout the season and rested at the right times to allow them to peak when needed. That will be the 6Nations this year with the Lions Tour an ultimate target. This team have the potential not only to win the tournament this year, but possibly take a Grand Slam

Potential star: Calean Doris

Finishing position: 1st

Italy

Should they be there, should they not? This is a question that will rage on and on. I have my doubts as well. But the only way they will improve is to continue to play these top tier countries. This is another year they will struggle to pick up a win and insight way adrift of the others. You will never find the Italians lack for effort, but their skill sets just aren’t up the par

Potential star: Paolo Garbisi

Finishing position: 6th

Scotland

Gregor Townsend will be very happy with how his side is developing. They will get wins again this year. They will be stubborn and hard to beat but may just fall short of gaining the big wins they need to send shock waves through the sporting world. They have game changers and winners, in Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg they have 2 players who are world class again. But are the rest of the squad quite there yet. That is where the questions have to be answered

Potential star: Cameron Redpath

Finishing position: 4th

Wales

I struggle to see any improvement on last year from this squad, they are a side in transition, they have a few players that for me are now past their best and need to take the opportunity to blood new players now while they are still a couple of years out from a world cup rather than try to hang onto guys who aren’t quite at that international level anymore. Their club sides are average at best and most of their top players are playing in the English or French leagues. The Welsh will find this tournament a struggle

Potential star: Louis Rees-Zammit

Finishing position: 5th

Tournament Bets

Ireland to win championship 4/1 best price with Unibet, generally 7/2

Ireland to win Grand Slam 14/1 best price with Unibet, others varying from 9/1 to 12/1

Top point scorer Jonny Sexton 9/2 best price with Unibet generally 4/1

Top try scorer

Jordan Larmour best price 25/1 with Betfred, Unibet, skybet

Stuart Hogg 33/1 across all major bookies

Straight Forecast Ireland/France 10/1 all major bookies

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