RBS 6 nations 2019 odds
Who wins the RBS 6 Nations 2019?
The dust has barely settled on the 2018 Six Nations and Ireland fans and players will be recovering from their winning celebrations. However, thoughts are already turning to the 2019 Six Nations, in what will be a huge year for the teams as they contest this tournament and the World Cup in Japan.
Ireland have been installed as the early favourites to win the 2019 Six Nations and it is easy to see why following their fantastic 2018 Grand Slam triumph. The Grand Slam was completed at the home of English rugby, Twickenham and following Eddie Jones’ comments about Ireland, it must have felt very good to seal the Grand Slam in London.
However, Ireland did not start the tournament as favourites and while they were expected to do well, a Six Nations and Grand Slam win were considered a step too far for the Irish.
Ireland will start the defence of their title in the 2019 Six Nations with a home match against England and that’s sure to be a cracking occasion. However, they have three away matches in 2019, including games in Scotland and Wales and that could be difficult.
England were very disappointing in their bid to win their third successive Six Nations title and will already have their eyes set on the 2019 Six Nations tournament.
The English were expected to challenge strongly at the 2019 World Cup but their recent performances suggest they will struggle. Jones and his players have a lot of work to do in preparation for the 2019 Six Nations because another fifth-place finish will not be tolerated and they will surely up their game.
The Welsh came though the pack to finish second to Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations and will be hoping to go one better in the 2019 tournament.
Wales last won the Six Nations in 2013 and with both England and Ireland to play at home in the 2019 Six Nations, Warren Gatland will believe his team have a chance of finishing top of the table. The two games Wales lost in 2018 were away to the English and Irish and Wales did well in both matches.
The Dragons are not as strongly fancied as Ireland and England to win the 2019 Six Nations but they could come through and cause a shock.
Scotland have shown signs of improvement in recent years and will be hoping that will continue during the 2019 Six Nations. However, they have some tough away fixtures in France and England and it would be a surprise to see them finish any higher than third thanks to poor form away from home.
France have also improved and their defence was excellent in the 2018 Six Nations. However, they need to work on finishing their chances at the other end of the pitch and if they can do that, the French could be one to look out for in the 2019 Six Nations tournament.
Unfortunately for Italy, there is another wooden spoon on the cards. Italian rugby is moving in the right direction but results continue to let them down and they are highly likely to be propping up the table in the 2019 Six Nations.