2019 Six Nations Betting Tips – Round One Preview
The Six Nations returns this weekend with Ireland starting the defence of their title against an England side looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2018 return.
Will they open their campaign with a win in Dublin as all six sides start their preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup?
Here are our Six Nations betting tips ahead of the weekend’s action…
FRANCE VS WALES
Wales have momentum on their side as they get their Six Nations campaign underway at the Stade de France. A win in Paris would make it 10 in a row and a winning streak not matched since 1999 for Warren Gatland’s side, and they will fancy their chances against a much-changed French line-up.
Scrum-half Tomos Williams will make his Six Nations debut, while Evans and Navidi also start.
French hopes may well rest on the shoulders of 19-year-old Romain Ntamack who has been surprisingly installed at centre in place of the talismanic Mathieu Bastareaud. Will that gamble pay off for the French coach as they look to start off with a win on home soil?
The fixtures have fallen kindly for the Welsh this year with home ties against Ireland and England likely to play in their favour if they can make a flying start to this year’s competition.
SCOTLAND VS ITALY
It’s now 20 years since Scotland last tasted success in this competition – back in its final incarnation as the Five Nations. Gregor Townsend captained that side in 1999, and under his management the Scots have looked capable of getting closer to scaling those heights once again.
Scotland recorded three Six Nations victories last year and have the perfect opportunity to put an early marker down against an Italy side still looking for a first victory under the tenure of Conor O’Shea.
Italy have shown some signs of progression over the last 18 months, recording victories over the likes of Japan and Georgia, but still look some way short of the consistency needed to avoid another Wooden Spoon. Inspirational captain Sergio Parisse will be hoping to change the script as he embarks on what is likely to be his swansong in this competition having captained the side since 2002.
IRELAND VS ENGLAND
Eddie Jones faces a daunting task as he looks to put a disappointing 2018 Six Nations campaign behind him as his England side goes up against last year’s Grand Slam winners, Ireland, at the Aviva Stadium. The Australian will be hoping the pressure of being heavy favourites to reclaim this year’s title might tell on an Ireland side now hotly tipped to rival New Zealand for star billing this autumn at the Rugby World Cup.
Ireland will be boosted by the return of key man Conor Murray, with the scrum-half shaking off a recent neck injury, while Robbie Henshaw starts at centre.
Eddie Jones will be looking for note-perfect performances from Billy Vinupola, Elliott Daly and Manu Tuilagi in his quest to help the Red Rose acquire fresh momentum ahead of a defining year of international rugby.
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Odds correct at time of writing.