Rugby Six Nations betting is the highlight of the betting calendar, with all major bookmakers offering decent betting odds on the teams. There’s also the opportunity for free bets when it comes to the Six Nations, which are the bread and butter for new sports bettors.
The betting markets for Rugby Union Six Nations are vast. You’ve got the outright winner bets, which always come in at the most popular, and you’ll find that most betting sites outright odds are similar. However, there are a load more betting markets, in the form of first scoring play (try, penalty, drop goal or penalty try), total points, first try scorer and any try scorer.
One of the best markets for Rugby Six Nations 2018 is in-play betting. This is betting during the match, and most major bookies offer this epic service. You can bet on the likes of what team is going to score the next try, as well as what player, and you’ll find live streams of the match alongside; you never have to miss any of the action.
There’s no doubt about it that England comes out on top with the Rugby Union Six Nations betting odds. The England squad have claimed the title an impressive 28 times, ranked second in the world by the International Rugby Board. England won for the second successive year, with just a round to spare, and the best current odds for England are ⅘ at William Hill and loads more.
Ireland is regularly in the top three when it comes to the Six Nations, as one of the best teams in the world. Their current outright betting odds stand at 11/4, at the likes of BetVictor, Black Type and Unibet.
Predicted to come in third are Scotland, with the best odds at 11/1 at Stan James. We recommend keeping tabs on the strong team before taking a punt.
As a major event in the annual sporting calendar, there are always plenty of betting previews and tips available across all forms of media and in the days and weeks leading up to the tournament. Here at freebets.co.uk, Various Six Nations 2018 betting offers will be highlighted among many such previews.
Hand in hand with Rugby Union Six Nations betting is the arrival of Six Nations free bets. With free bets, you are lowering your risks and, if played right, increasing your returns. One of the most popular Six Nations free bets is the first tryscorer, available at plenty of online bookies. You back a player to get the first try and, if they don’t, you’ll get your stake back. These types of free bets usually come with certain wagering requirements, but they don’t ask much and there’s, typically, a max amount on the stake returned.
Another Rugby Union Six Nations free bet we’ve seen a lot of is the double delight. You double your winnings if the player you picked for the first try, scores again. You’ll see a lot of this bet in the run-up to the games, and you can already claim the offer on the likes of Betfred.
Acca insurance is a type of free bet that will always attract punters. The pull of an acca is massive for sports bettors, as you can bet on multiple teams. The returns are much higher with an accumulator bet, but so is the risk as you’re betting on selections. However, you can get acca insurance with plenty of top betting sites. If one of your team loses, you’ll get your stake back.
There’s no doubt England will be confident going into the tournament. They’ve won the Rugby Union Six Nations for the part two years, and we expect big things from them this year. In 2017, they successful smashed their 15th consecutive match and won four out of five games. Everything in their pre-season hints at it being another victory for England, and they’re putting out a spectacular squad for their first match against Scotland.
We recommend looking out for Scotland during the Six Nations. Scotland is ranked fifth in the world, although they have not yet won the Six Nations. They’ve had an impressive 14 wins at the Five Nations and are putting out a strong squad for this year’s tournament.
Likewise, Ireland is tipped to do well this year. They might lack a little consistency, but there’s no denying their force as a side. They also handed England their only loss last year, which puts them in good favour with the bookies. The men in green have won twelve times, so could be on for a thirteenth.
If you aren’t going to the tournament, you’ll still be able to catch up on all the action. The matches are split between ITV and BBC. The BBC is broadcasting the opening match between Wales and Scotland, as well as France v Ireland. ITV have the first match for England against Italy.
In-play betting will be a big feature of this year’s Six Nations, alongside this comes live streaming. A lot of well-known bookies will be streaming the games and showcasing highlights, so you can keep up to date will all of your bets.
The main contender for the title is England. Eddie Jones’ team is the bookie’s favourite and have shown plenty of stamina and energy in their pre-season training. They are the most successful team in the tournament’s history, with a strong captain in Dylan Hartley.
Going into the 2018 tournament, the team is playing exceptionally well together and have found a top form that is going to take some serious hard work to beat.
Ireland is the ever-present danger to England, as are Scotland and Wales. You can never truly write off any of the teams, but they will be the biggest threats to England’s 29th title. Ireland, especially, has a team that is known for their tenacity, with a few big players that’ll keep England fighting for the ball. Any of these teams are well worth looking into for any free bets you might come across.
The Rugby Six Nations Championship has been staged in various guises since 1883. It began as a Home Nations Championship consisting of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. England claimed the first championship after winning all three games.
The scoring system back then was very different to today, with the match being decided by ‘goals’. A ‘goal’ was awarded for a converted try, a drop goal or a ‘goal from mark’ (where a player had a free-kick that could be taken as a place, drop or tap lick, after catching the ball and shouting “marked” – similar to that still used in Australian Rules Football).
Should the game finish level, a winner was decided on the number of unconverted tries scored. If the scores were still level at this point, a draw would be declared. In 1883 England beat Wales 2-0; Ireland 1-0 and, in the title decider, edged past Scotland courtesy of scoring two unconverted tries to one after a 0-0 draw.
The inclusion of France in 1910 resulted in the formation of the Five Nations Championship. France were expelled from the tournament after the 1931 championship for alleged professionalism and administrative issues, meaning the competition reverted back to a Home Nations Championship until after WWII.
The Six Nations arose with the introduction of Italy in 2000 and there have been recent calls from some quarters to expand further with the inclusion of Georgia.
The Rugby Union Six Nations 2018 kicks off on February 3rd, with Wales and Scotland up first at the Principality Stadium. Back-to-back champions, England, will be looking to add another title to their squad in the final on March 17th.