England favourites to hold on to title
England clinched the delayed Six Nations final season in October and there’s each likelihood Eddie Jones’ aspect will efficiently defend the title this yr. Despite dropping their opener in France, England responded strongly by profitable their remaining 4 matches. After Covid 19 pressured the competitors to be extended till the autumn, England eased to a 34-5 victory in Italy. It was a marketing campaign of advantageous margins however the dropping bonus level in Paris proved essential as England gained the title on factors distinction.
The inaugural Autumn Nations Cup was launched final yr, due to the worldwide pandemic, with England additionally profitable this match. The hosts made exhausting work towards a depleted France within the closing however a 22-19 sudden demise victory, with Owen Farrell kicking the penalty, accomplished a profitable yr for the World Cup finalists.
England could not have been flamboyant, with their type of play at occasions criticised, however their bodily energy makes them extraordinarily tough to beat.
The champions have been handed a beneficial fixture listing beginning with back-to-back dwelling video games towards Scotland and Italy. A conflict towards France at Twickenham may show decisive however dwelling benefit is important and England, who’ve been topped champions in three of the final 5 years, are rightly favourites to win the title once more. England should journey to Ireland on the ultimate day however may very well be accountable for their very own future by this level and could not even want a win in Dublin to get their palms on the trophy.
Impressive France pose largest risk
France have made fast strides underneath Fabien Galthie and ought to go shut to the title in his second yr in cost. Shaun Edwards has already made a significant impression as defence coach and this younger crew may show an enormous risk of their home World Cup in 2023. But their fast goal is an overdue Six Nations title, with their final triumph coming again in 2010.
After ending a detailed second final season, France have been unfortunate not to win the Autumn Nations Cup as an understrength crew pushed England all the best way. An damage to fly-half Romain Ntamack is a blow for the Six Nations however there’s a lot expertise rising by their ranks. Wing Gabin Villiere impressed on the finish of final yr whereas captain Charles Ollivon completed as high tryscorer within the Six Nations final season. The Toulon flanker is a significant attacking weapon for Les Bleus and seems to have been underestimated within the betting. Ollivon appears to be like value backing as an every manner shot at 40/1.
England and France completed as the highest two final yr and there’s each likelihood they are going to be combating out on the end once more this season. France seem to be probably the most progressive crew within the competitors whereas England’s energy in depth and profitable mentality makes them tough to preserve out of the body. Favourites England are brief sufficient for the title so desire is to again them and France within the twin forecast, which might be a profitable guess if the perimeters end as the highest two in any order.
Ireland want enchancment to contend
Ireland are in transition underneath Andy Farrell along with his first yr in cost main to combined outcomes. Seemingly too reliant on Johnny Sexton regardless of the 35-year-old fly-half showing to be previous his peak, Ireland have been strong at dwelling however overwhelmed too simply on the highway. Disappointing showings in England and France derailed their hopes as they completed third.
Talk of a transfer to a extra expansive recreation than underneath Joe Schmidt doesn’t seem to have been achieved with Ireland but to produce an explosive attacking efficiency. New forwards coach Paul O’Connell may show an impressed appointment along with his expertise and presence however Ireland seem to be a way wanting the crew which gained the Grand Slam in 2018.
Scotland may trigger an upset
Scotland confirmed promise final season, with three wins from their 5 matches, and Gregor Townsend’s aspect are able to upsetting the favourites on any given day.
Lacking the depth and high quality to win the title, Scotland may nonetheless make an impression and the return from exile of Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell is a large increase.
His unpredictability will add one other dimension to their backline which boasts Exeter full-back Stuart Hogg whereas rising centre Cameron Redpath has the expertise to carry out on the massive stage.
Wales unlikely to problem
Wales endured a troubled first marketing campaign underneath Wayne Pivac with the crew dropping 4 of their matches to end in fifth place. The aspect regarded a shadow of the crew which reached the World Cup semi-final in 2019 in Warren Gatland’s closing hurrah. A return of three wins from ten aggressive video games for Pivac is a poor return and suggests difficult for the title is a protracted shot. Wales will hope Josh Adams can reproduce the ending which noticed him develop into the highest tryscorer on the final World Cup.
Italy look close to certainties to once more prop up the desk with the crew simply 1/10 to end backside. Legendary ahead Sergio Parisse may make his closing look for Italy and the crew are trying to the long run with their common age simply 24. Realistically, profitable a match would be the essential goal for a crew with out a Six Nations victory since beating Scotland in 2015.
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