Wales Six Nations Betting Tips

Six Nations Betting TipsMark Rawlinson

Saturday sees the start of the most eagerly awaited annual international tournament on the rugby union calendar as the Six Nations kicks-off.

Wales v Italy Betting

Wales have dominated the Six Nations in recent times, taking the title the past two seasons and they start out their defence against Italy in the first of Saturday’s games.

They may not have had an ideal set of results during the autumn internationals with defeats to South Africa and Australia, but Welsh will be confident up against their European opponents over the next two months.

Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones captains Wales whilst Dan Lydiate starts following the birth of his first child earlier in the week. Sam Warburton makes it to the replacements bench following two months out with a shoulder injury.

The visitors have traditionally been the Six Nations struggling nation but last year showed they have taken a considerable step forward, with wins over France and Ireland seeing them finish fourth.

However coach Jacques Brunel already has a considerable injury list and will have to select a number of inexperienced players for this curtain raiser, with Treviso winger Angelo Esposito being handed his international debut.

Wales are obviously big favourites to start the campaign with a victory and William Hill offer the best odds, albeit short, at 1/25. SkyBet represent the best value on an Italy win at 20/1.

The match is live on BBC One from 2:30pm on Saturday.

France v England Betting

France will be hoping for a better Six Nations campaign this year, after picking up the wooden spoon 12 months ago, with the solitary win over Scotland.

In fact, they only won one other match last year, a 38-18 win over Tonga in the autumn internationals although Philippe Saint-Andre’s side did play New Zealand four times in 2013.

And news that skipper Thierry Dusautoir has been ruled out of the tournament with a bicep injury is not one that will encourage the French. Stade Francais’s Pascal Pape takes on the mantle of captain with club team-mate Jules Plisson making his debut for the international side.

Things look far rosier for England and enjoyed a relatively successful set of autumn fixtures, with victories over Australia and Argentina following their second place finish in the Six Nations last year.

Coach Stuart Lancaster hands Exeter wing Jack Nowell and Northampton centre Luther Burrell their debuts with Gloucester winger Jonny May making only his second appearance in a fairly inexperience England line-up.

France have only won two of their last eight matches against England although home advantage means they’re 4/6 favourites with Boylesports, with William Hill providing the best value on an England win at 13/8.

Catch this match live on BBC One from 5pm.

Ireland v Scotland Betting

Last year’s Six Nations was one to forget for Ireland who slumped to a fifth place finish and on Sunday they take on Scotland who finished third in 2013.

The autumn internationals however provided a little encouragement for Josef Schmidt’s side who came agonisingly close to defeating world number one side New Zealand in their final of three matches.

Injuries have forced changes to the Irish three-quarter line with Andrew Trimble featuring on the left, Dave Kearney switching to the right whilst Luke Marshall comes in for Gordon D’Arcy in the centre.

Visitors Scotland make four changes to the side that lost 15-21 to Australia in their final autumn international with Stuart Hogg coming in at full-back, Alex Dunbar into centre, whilst Tim Swinson and Ryan Wilson are preferred to Grant Gilchrist and Johnnie Beattie respectively.

Ireland dominated in last year’s fixture at Murrayfield but were defeated 12-8 however they are big favourites to win this one with Paddy Power providing the best value of 1/6. Boylesports offer the best price on a Scotland win at 13/2.

This match is live on BBC One from 3pm on Sunday.

Six Nations Outrights

If you fancy betting on the Six Nations outright winners, then my BET OF THE DAY is on Wales retaining the title, with a host of sites including Bet 365 offering odds of 2/1.

England are available at 3/1 with Totesport, with the same price offered by Paddy Power on France winning their first title since 2010. Ireland are available at 11/2 with Bet Victor.

Keep up to date with the best Six Nations odds with BritBets.

You can also claim free bets with the William Hill betting app.