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Six Nations 2016: Betting on the Final Round

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One round remains in the 2016 Six Nations Championship. England have already claimed the title for the first time since 2011, but there is still plenty of betting to be had with three more matches yet to be played. On Saturday, England will face France, Ireland will face Scotland and Wales will face Italy to determine the final standings.

England locked things in after earning a lead that no one else could possibly overcome. Prior to last weekend, France was the one team that could close the gap and challenge England for the title. Scotland’s 28-18 victory over France ended all French hopes of staying in contention. With the 2016 title firmly decided, all that remains for the English side is to achieve the grand slam by defeating France.

As far as betting goes, don’t assume England will take the next week off. Eddie Jones actually said he had “mixed feelings” after winning the title. He said that as nice as it is to win the championship, what they really want to do is win their first grand slam since 2003. Otherwise, they will feel like they “haven’t achieved what we want to achieve.” That’s the type of competitive spirit that was able to turn things around so shortly after last year’s World Cup debacle.

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Six Nations Final Round Match Markets

The Rugby betting markets reflect the surging English hopes as they are favoured to win both the next match and the Grand Slam title. Wales are dominant favourites over Italy with Paddy Power paying just 1/100 on Wales and a massive 45/1 on Italy. The Ireland/Scotland fixture looks to be a little more competitive with Ireland priced at 4/11 and Scotland priced at 11/5.

Wales v Italy

  • Saturday, 19 March
  • Principality Stadium, Cardiff
  • 14:30 GMT

Wales will be starting without Allun Wyn Jones, Sam Warburton, Alex Cuthbert and Thomas Francis in its match against Italy, but the Welsh side is still expected to put on a dominant performance over the struggling Italians. Dan Lydiate will step in as captain for Wales in place of Sam Warburton.

Ireland v Scotland

  • Saturday, 19 March
  • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • 17:00 GMT

Scotland are coming off an important home victory over France that ended a 10-year losing stretch to the French. They’ll be coming in as underdogs on Saturday but have momentum on their side and pose a serious test for Ireland.

France v England

  • Saturday, 19 March
  • Stade de France, Paris
  • 20:00 GMT

France and England are heading in opposite directions in the run-up to the final Six Nations match of 2016. France are coming off their first loss to Scotland in a decade that also killed their chances to capture this year’s title. Meanwhile, England have already won the title outright. Now, England will be fighting for their first grand slam in 13 years while France merely hope to even out their record to 2-2.

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