England installed as RBS Six Nations favourites

We knew people would get carried away after England’s win over Australia at the weekend, and the bookies are following suit by billing England as the favourites for the RBS Six Nations 2011.

Odds have also shortened on next year’s Rugby World Cup, although they are joint fourth favourite with France, behind the big Southern Hemisphere teams. New Zealand the hosts are favourites, despite not having won since 1987, whilst the Aussies are second favourites, despite being ruthlessly exposed at Twickenham.

Paddy Power have England at 15/8 to win the 2011 RBS Six Nations, ahead of France at 21/10 and Ireland at 3/1. With three home fixtures, that seems reasonable, but Johnno’s men will still have to travel to Wales and Ireland, where they haven’t had the greatest record in recent years.

England and France are both available at 9/1 to win the World Cup, and it will be interesting to see if these shorten at the end of the month if Samoa and South Africa are dispatched in a similar manner to the Aussies.

Here are the odds from Paddy Power if you fancy a punt:

RBS Six Nations winner 2011:
15/8 England
21/10 France
3/1 Ireland
6/1 Wales
12/1 Scotland
250/1 Italy

Rugby World Cup Winner 2011
10/11 New Zealand
4/1 Australia
5/1 South Africa
9/1 France
9/1 England
30/1 Ireland
30/1 Wales
50/1 Argentina
150/1 Scotland
Others available

2 thoughts on “England installed as RBS Six Nations favourites

  1. Not so sure about these odds at all at all.
    Ok, we’ve definitely seen that there is a new era of English rugby around – guys like Youngs, Flood, Ashton, Lawes, Cole and Foden have stepped up to the mark. But rediscovering the form to win 4 or 5 matches in a row is something different. I know France are an inconsistent team at the best of times, but they showed absolutely no mercy in the 6 Nations this year – England gave them a scare at the end, but they never looked like anything but Slam winners. I still think that England will find it very difficult to beat all of their Six Nations opponents with anything approaching ease.
    I’d love to say that 3/1 is a good bet for Ireland, but there’s just something amiss. However, at least it’s happening now, and not in 8 months time – there is still time to fix it before the WC, if not the 6 Nations.
    Wales and Ireland at 30s for the World Cup are definitely worth a punt – at that price you just have to go each way – New Zealand are the only team that look like a brick wall at the moment.
    I still fancy Australia at 4/1 – they’re a young side still learning their trade. They’ve got arguably the best back line in the world, and with another 10 months under they’re belt they might well have the experience to defy NZ yet again.

  2. Been tipping Australia for the World Cup for the past year and sticking with it.

    No concept of once bitten twice shy in this country is there? One good win and suddenly we’re going to be kings of the world. Or Europe at least.

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