France favored for 2024 Six Nations Championship Glory

Dean Etheridge
By , Updated on: Jan 23, 2024 07:00 PM
France favored for 2024 Six Nations Championship Glory

The 2024 Six Nations Championship gets underway at the start of February. France is the betting favorite to win the competition. But with Ireland looking to defend the title and England naming a young and new-look squad, it won’t be easy for the French. Here, in our latest Rugby betting picks, we look ahead to the competition and name our 2024 Six Nations best bets.

  • The 2024 Six Nations starts on Friday, February 2nd, with France vs. Ireland from Paris. The competition concludes on Saturday, March 16th, with France vs. England, also from Paris
  • Ireland are the current champions. The Irish won the 2023 title with 27 points and also won the Grand Slam
  • Going into the 2024 championship, France and Ireland are the two stand-out nations. As the French have home advantage in their matches against Ireland and England, they go into the Championship as the betting favorites

After a disappointing 2023 Rugby World Cup for the Northern Hemisphere teams, attention now turns to the 2024 Six Nations Championship.

Ireland are the defending champions, but France go into this year’s competition with home advantage in the big games.

The French and Irish both crashed out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage. At the time, they were the two top-ranked sides in the world, with either expected to go on and win the World Cup for the first time.

The resulting final between South Africa and New Zealand will have hurt both the Northern Hemisphere favorites, as will England's performance, going deeper into the competition. How France and Ireland respond to this disappointment is what makes the 2024 Six Nations Championship all the more intriguing.

Betting to win the 2024 Six Nations

The countries competing in the Six Nations only play each other once, meaning there are no home and away fixtures. The two betting favorites and strongest nations in the competition are France and Ireland. This year, it’s France’s turn to host the Irish in Paris, giving the 2022 title winners a huge advantage.

As well as having a home-field advantage against the Irish, the French also play England in Paris. This has resulted in France being made outright betting favorites to win the competition with the best online rugby betting sites.

France is +130 to win the 2024 Six Nations Championship. The last time they had home advantage over Ireland and England was in 2022, and on that occasion, the French completed the Grand Slam.

If Ireland are to defend their trophy this year, the chances are they are going to have to win the opening match of the competition in Paris. It’s a shame that the main shootout of the whole competition takes place on the opening night. But what a fixture to get the competition started with. Ireland are currently +170 second favorites to win. Expect those odds to flip if Ireland can shock the French in Paris.

England are third in the betting at +550. The bookmakers regard England as the only nation capable of upsetting France or Ireland. That’s not our view, by the way, as we feel that Scotland is just as likely as the English. But the bookmakers have Scotland as the fourth favorite at +1400.

Completing the betting are Wales at +2000 and Italy at +25000. Full 2024 Six Nations betting odds can be found on our Rugby Union odds table.

2024 Six Nations Winner BettingBetOnlineBovadaMyBookie
France+130+130+130
Ireland+170+170+170
England+550+550+550
Scotland+1400+1400+1400
Wales+2000+2000+2000
Italy+25000+25000+25000

France +130

The French have no Antoine Dupont for this year’s competition. Their star man and captain is missing the tournament as he is preparing to play for France in the Rugby Sevens in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Dupont will be a huge miss, but home advantage in the big games should get France by.

Ireland +170

Another nation looking to move on from their talisman is Ireland who have no Johnny Sexton after the fly-half and former captain retired from international rugby at the end of the 2023 World Cup. The experienced Peter O’Mahony is the new captain.

Ireland will miss the experience and knowledge of Sexton. But the team is a well-oiled machine that will be well able to cope.

England +550

Another team in the rebuilding phase is England. Head coach Steve Borthwick already knew he was without Owen Farrell. But as well as needing a new captain (he named Jamie George), Borthwick has also made changes to his wider squad and his coaching staff. It’s the start of a new era. And maybe it’s too soon for England to be realistic contenders.

Scotland +1400

The Scottish team is another side that hasn’t undergone any major changes since the 2023 World Cup, and they should do okay in this year’s Championship with home matches against France and England helping their cause.

In Finn Russell, the Scots have one of the most in-form players in world rugby. At +333, Scotland is a good bet to finish above England in third place.

Scotland To finish third in the 2024 Six Nations
+333
BetOnline

Wales +2000

The Welsh are another side looking to rebuild under the leadership of the experienced Warren Gatland.

Gatland will have his work cut out. On the eve of his squad announcement, he lost Louis Rees-Zammit (he quit rugby to pursue a career in the NFL), who was one of the new generation of players the Welsh head coach was looking to take the team forward with.

Wales could go under the radar. But it’s hard to see them finishing any higher than fifth.

Italy +25000

Italy has been going backward for a long time in the Six Nations. They have won the Wooden Spoon 18 times, including the last eight in succession. Italy are -250 to win it this year, and we think that is a great betting pick.

Italy To with the 2024 Six Nations Wooden Spoon
-250
BetOnline

Our Pick to Win the 2024 Six Nations Championship

We expect this competition to be a close-run thing this year. Plenty of sides have areas they are working on, and there could be some shock match results.

But ultimately, France has a home advantage in their two big games against Ireland and England. That should be enough to see them win the 2024 Six Nations.

France To win 2024 Six Nations
+130
BetOnline

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Dean Etheridge

Dean Etheridge has over ten years of writing experience in the world of sports betting. Starting out as a hobby on his own soccer betting website, Dean has now seen his picks published across various affiliate sites along with The Sun and TalkSPORT where he writes regul...

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