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:
Rugby World Cup Winner 2011
10/11 New Zealand
5/1 South Africa