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Fancy a flutter? Here are six of our best bets for the Six Nations

Everything you need to cash in (please gamble responsibly) on the Six Nations.

Can you put your money on Wales?
Can you put your money on Wales?
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Top try-scorer

WE DON’T REALLY know what brand of rugby England will play under Eddie Jones but, if it’s anything like Japan put on display at the World Cup, it could well pave the way for one of the English backs to finish the season as top try-scorer.

The smart money is on Jonathan Joseph (12/1) who was the only man to score four tries in last year’s tournament. However, his team-mate Mike Brown (14/1) may well prove a threat. Sean O’Brien was Ireland’s top try-scorer last year and, if you fancy the Tullow Tank to win it all this year, you can get him at 40/1.

Top points-scorer

George Ford finished last season as the top points-scorer and you can get the England out-half at 4/1 but Eddie Jones’ side play both Scotland and Italy away from home this year so it may not be as simple a task in running up scores.

Dan Biggar is the 9/4 favourite but Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton (11/4) is the value selection to reclaim his scoring-title from 2014.

To finish bottom

What Scotland do we believe in? The one that took home the Wooden Spoon during last years Six Nations campaign — scoring a tournament low six tries in the process — or the one that came within a controversial last-minute penalty of beating Australia to reach the World Cup semi-finals?

Italy are the 1/7 favourites to finish bottom but Scotland (4/1) again look the value bet.  France (60/1), Wales (100/1), England and Ireland (both 150/1) are your more adventurous choices.

To win the Triple Crown

Greig Laidlaw, Rory Best, Dylan Hartley and Sam Warburton with the Triple Crown trophy Which of these captains will be picking up the Triple Crown. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The good news for Ireland (7/2) is that they get to host two of the three legs of the Triple Crown at the Aviva Stadium. The bad news is that they’ve to travel to Twickenham for the other. Their hosts, England  are 15/8 favourites as they only face a trip to Scotland but Wales (11/2) look the value.

If you think nobody will win the Triple Crown — and it’s very possible this year — that’s available at around 6/4.

To win the Championship

No team has ever won three Six/Five Nation championships back-to-back and yet Ireland are 11/4 second favourites to do just that.

Italy (500/1) and Scotland (16/1) are very much the outsiders of the six, with France 9/2 to win their first championship since 2010.

It’s difficult to look past favourites England (7/4) but we’re going to side with Wales (11/4) to pick up their third title in five years, starting with a win over Ireland first up.

To win the Grand Slam

We don’t think anyone is going to manage the Grand Slam this year but the 8/13 odds on no winner are quite prohibitive. It makes a lot of sense to back Wales (15/2) if you think they’re going to win the championship but you might not agree with us that Warren Gatland’s men can do the job.

France (9/1) are the real value having picked up the Grand Slam on seven of the last ten occasions they’ve won the Six Nations. But honestly, it’s a market we’re most likely to leave well enough alone.

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