Wales has seen a significant fall in its prices with a number of leading bookmakers to win the upcoming Six Nations championship.
Priced as high as 6/1 by Coral and Betvictor in November, odds on a Welsh triumph have now fallen to 9/2 with most bookies in response to what appears to be a rally amongst punters who had felt that the quote represented a value bet.
Despite being third favourites for the tournament, over 33% of all bets laid on the outcome have been backing a Welsh triumph, according to data published by Oddschecker.
However, with major injury concerns for Osprey forwards Nicky Smith and Dan Lydiate now emerging ahead of Wales’ opening game against the French on February 1st, early optimism on the outcome appears to have been premature.
Ireland Remain Outright Favourites
Prices elsewhere, in the meantime, have remained static. Ireland’s Golden Generation – quoted at 3/1 to win this year’s Rugby World Cup – are priced as odds-on favourites at 5/6 to win the tournament.
Conservatively priced by most bookies at 5/2, the Irish are also aiming for what would be the first back-to-back Grand Slams in their history, and would mark the first such feat of its kind for twenty-first century Six Nations rugby.
The Irish open their campaign against England on February 2nd at the Aviva.