One day after the official Six Nations launch, William Hill has unveiled England as favourites to win both the tournament and the Grand Slam.
What’s more, the bookmaker’s confidence in Eddie Jones’ side seems inspired in part by the former Wallaby coach naming controversial hooker Dylan Hartley as captain.
As William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams explained, “We have seen a surge of bets for England to win both the Six Nations and the Grand Slam since Mr Hartley was confirmed as captain.”
All of which said, the real favourite is for there to be no Grand Slamer winner, the odds for which are 4/6. After that, England – who haven’t completed the Grand Slam since 2003 – are at 10/3, Wales at 7/1, Ireland and France at 9/1, Scotland at 33/1 and Italy at 1000/1.
William Hill has also unveiled England winger Anthony Watson as its favourite to score the most tries over the course of the tournament.
The Bath youngster (9/1) heads a list that also includes Wales George North (10/1), and England’s Jonathan Joseph (12/1) and Jack Nowell (14/1).