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A highlight of the sporting spring. Each year a new chapter is added to stories of passionate rugby rivalries, some of which date back more than 100 years. The action, between the Northern Hemisphere’s biggest rugby-playing nations, is gripping and intense – and so is the betting that takes place on this historic tournament.

What is the Six Nations?

This is sport as ritual – with top-class rugby at its heart. And the huge volume of betting on the Six Nations adds to the tournament’s status as one of the biggest landmarks on the sporting calendar.

The Six Nations has existed in its current form since 2000, when Italy joined the competition. Before that it was the Five Nations; and before France came to the party it was for many decades the Home Nations Championship.

Rugby fans in the countries of Great Britain, Ireland, France and Italy all cherish the long and proud history of the ancient sporting rivalries that are revisited each year.

Six Nations betting tips and picks

Six Nations betting sites offer a broad range of ways in which you can wager on the Northern Hemisphere’s biggest annual rugby union tournament. You can bet on outright markets, such as the winner of the tournament and of each match, as well as the top try scorer and point scorer odds.

What the Six Nations lacked for in fans in 2021, it more than made up for in drama as a scintillating Championship was won by 12/1 outsiders Wales. With the home nations and France enjoying a vintage Autumn Nations Series in November, this year’s competition promises just as much and could be the most competitive yet.

Six Nations fixtures
Ireland v WalesAviva Stadium, DublinSaturday, February 5, 9:15am ET
Scotland v EnglandBT Murrayfield, EdinburghSaturday, February 5, 11:45am ET
France v ItalyStade de France, ParisSunday, February 6, 10am ET
Wales v ScotlandPrincipality Stadium, CardiffSaturday, February 12, 9:15am ET
France v IrelandStade de France, ParisSaturday, February 12, 11:45am ET
Italy v EnglandStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, February 13, 11am ET
Scotland v FranceBT Murrayfield, EdinburghSaturday, February 26, 9:15am ET
England v WalesTwickenham, LondonSaturday, February 26, 11:45am GMT
Ireland v ItalyAviva Stadium, DublinSunday, February 27, 11am GMT
Wales v FrancePrincipality Stadium, CardiffFriday, March 11, 3pm ET
Italy v ScotlandStadio Olimpico, RomeSaturday, March 12, 9:15am ET
England v IrelandTwickenham, LondonSaturday, March 12, 11:45am ET
Wales v ItalyPrincipality Stadium, CardiffSaturday, March 19, 9:15am ET
Ireland v ScotlandAviva Stadium, DublinSaturday, March 19 11:45pm ET
France v EnglandStade de France, ParisSaturday, March 19, 3pm ET

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Who will win the Six Nations outright in 2022? England will be a popular choice for people who like to pick the tournament winner when betting on Six Nations rugby.

There is a settled look to a side who followed up their impressive run to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final by winning the Six Nations in 2020, although they stuttered last year as seems to be the way with Eddie Jones' men. That said, France has a strong chance of winning their first title since 2010. The French were resurgent in 2020 following a very disappointing 2019 campaign and boast some of the world's best young players. They lost out to England only on points difference in the final table in 2019 and went close again a year later. Maybe this is their year?

Reigning champions Wales, Grand Slam winners in 2019, won only two games the following year and will be desperate to avoid a similar slump. Ireland, meanwhile, showed signs of promise as the 2021 campaign progressed and will hope to get back to something like their Grand Slam-winning form of 2018. Will this year finally be the time Scotland realize their true potential – it might be where the smart money goes?

2021 Six Nations winners

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Tournament winners


Having finished fifth the previous year, and not among the favourites being tipped for the title pre-tournament, Wales secured their 28th title in 2021. Heading into the final week of fixtures, Wayne Pivac's men had won four from four and had the opportunity to win the Grand Slam, but were denied by a late try in Paris during their game with France. They did, however, secure the Triple Crown, with wins over the other home nations.

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Player of the tournament

Hamish Watson

Scotland recorded impressive wins over England, France and Italy, while their two defeats – against the Welsh and Irish – were mighty close (one and three point margins, respectively). Key to their impressive showing in 2021 was the form of flanker Hamish Watson. Arguably the northern hemisphere's best "jackal", Watson was his usual abrasive self and caused havoc for opposing teams at the breakdown throughout. His form also earned him a call-up to the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa later in the year.

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Top point scorer

Johnny Sexton

While there were murmurs that the former World Rugby Player of the Year had lost some of what had won him that title, the Irish fly-half reminded everyone just how much he still has to offer his team. The 36-year-old kept his side's attack ticking all tournament and the 65 points he contributed along the way were more than any other player in the tournament.

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Top try scorer

Duhan van der Merwe

The South-African born winger came into the 2021 tournament with a lot of hype. The 6ft 4in monster wing has ripped it up for Edinburgh since his arrival in 2017 and now recently nationalised, provided Scotland with his unique ball-carrying and explosive speed. Five tries in as many games was a better return than anyone else, and he continued that form as he headed to the country of his birth for the British and Irish Lions tour a few months later.

Six Nations stadiums

Stadium Rugby Twickenham


London, England

Known to many English rugby fans simply as HQ, Twickenham is the second largest stadium in the United Kingdom behind Wembley Stadium. It sits to the west of London and has been redeveloped impressively in recent decades to hold a capacity of 82,000 spectators.

In-play betting on the Six Nations

Just because the first match of the tournament has kicked off, that doesn’t mean the Six Nations betting has to stop.

Modern sportsbooks combine digital technology with sophisticated algorithms. That means they can now update their Six Nations odds instantly, allowing bettors to continue playing on popular markets while the action unfolds.

For instance, if England concede two tries in the opening 20 minutes of their first match, you will still be able to back them to win the game – and the tournament as a whole – but the odds will be longer. In-play betting on rugby union is hugely popular and is another great way to get closer to the Six Nations action.

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