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Favourites and underdogs: Predicting the 2024 Six Nations winner

The excitement is building as rugby enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the 2024 Six Nations.

As the teams prepare to clash on the field, fans and pundits alike are making their predictions on the favourites and underdogs in the Six Nations odds.

That said, let’s take a closer look at the top contenders and the dark horses vying for success in this prestigious rugby competition.

France – 5/4

Grand Slam champions in 2022, France, enter the 2024 Six Nations as the firm favourites with odds of 5/4.

Ending a 12-year wait for victory in the tournament, Les Bleus have a strong squad and the momentum from their fine form in the last few years.

Hosting Ireland in Marseille in the opening round could set the tone for their campaign, making it a crucial match for Fabien Galthie’s men.

Ireland – 6/4

Ireland, last year’s Grand Slam winners, are priced at 6/4 to repeat their success in 2024.

Despite an early exit from the World Cup in the quarter-finals, Ireland still showcased their dominance in the 2023 Six Nations — scoring 20 tries and allowing only six in five games.

Facing tough away fixtures against France and England, the boys in green will aim to prove their mettle in the title race. 

England – 5/1

England, looking to bounce back from their Six Nations campaign last year, are given rugby betting odds of 5/1 to emerge victorious in 2024.

Their impressive World Cup performance, securing a bronze medal, adds to the optimism surrounding Steve Borthwick’s squad — and they benefit from hosting Wales and Ireland at Twickenham.

However, a challenging trip to Lyon in the final round could prove decisive, considering England’s recent struggles in France.

Scotland – 9/1

Scotland, who are yet to win the title since it became the Six Nations in 2000, are priced at 9/1 to cause an upset this year.

Recent improvements, including three consecutive Calcutta Cup victories and a third-place finish in 2023, hint at their potential to disrupt the established order.

While a title may be a stretch, Scotland aim to build on their third-place place finish from the previous year and continue their upward trajectory.

Wales – 18/1

Wales, shock winners of the Six Nations in 2021, find themselves with odds of 18/1 to replicate their success.

Disappointing performances in recent years, finishing second bottom, have tempered expectations — and the shock announcement that Louis Rees-Zammit, arguably Wales’s best player, is quitting rugby to pursue an NFL career is a huge blow.

Yet, Wales cannot be entirely ruled out as they seek to recapture the magic that led to their triumphant 2021 campaign.

While the odds favour France and Ireland as the frontrunners, the Six Nations has a rich history of surprises.

As the tournament unfolds, fans can expect thrilling encounters and unexpected twists, keeping the rugby world on the edge of their seats.

Italy, priced at 250/1, faces an uphill battle, but in the spirit of the game, anything is possible.

The stage is set for a captivating 2024 Six Nations showdown.

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