The 6 Nations is the highlight of the rugby sporting calendar. From Dublin’s bustling pubs to the Welsh valleys, the air is thick with anticipation.

The 2024 Six Nations is set to be one of the best yet. The opening clash between France and Ireland will be a thrilling curtain-raiser to the 2024 tournament.

The fixture is scheduled for 8:00 PM on February 2nd 2024 so mark that date and time in your calendars.

The action continues the following day with England visiting Rome to play Italy and Wales hosting Scotland in Cardiff.

But the big questions on everyone’s lips are: Who will clinch the top spot, and who’s destined for the Wooden Spoon?

We’ve got the latest odds, predictions for the tournament, and an in-depth look at the current favourites for the coveted Grand Slam.

The 6 Nations 2024 Odds

(*correct as of March 6th 2024)

Please note that as both Wales and Italy cannot win the 6 Nations 2024, odds are no longer available on either team to win the tournament outright.

Tournament Outright Odds
Ireland 1/66
Scotland 20/1
England 50/1
France 200/1
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2024 6 Nations Favourites

France and Ireland were neck-and-neck in the odds before the tournament started.

That made the opening match between these two juggernauts not just a curtain-raiser but a potential Grand Slam decider.

Whoever emerged victorious on February 2nd would likely ride a wave of confidence through the rest of the tournament.

And it was Ireland who stole the show, comprehensively beating a lackluster French team 38-17.

Ireland were clinical, undeterred, and played like they were simply dispatching France as a minor obstacle on the way to another Grand Slam.

And that is how they have continued in the rest of the 6 Nations. With three wins from three only Scotland or England can dethrone them. But will they?

England & Wales

Typically considered powerhouse contenders, England and Wales were up against long odds this year, with England notably at 6/1 before the 6 Nations began.

Like France and Ireland, Wales also fell at the quarter final hurdle in the World Cup. And despite being the only Six Nations team to make it to the Semi Final of the World Cup, England still had a lot of work to do.

Fans from both countries considering a bet on the 6 Nations would have thought twice before parting with their money this year.

More so for Welsh fans who, at this stage, are staring down the barrel of the wooden spoon. If Italy can beat them, and that is not beyond the realms of possibility, Wales will be bottom of the table.

Can Italy rally themselves for a showdown? And maybe even a victory?

Dark Horses: Scotland

Scotland’s recent rugby performances made a compelling case for considering them as the dark horse going into the 2024 Six Nations.

A Strong August 2023

  1. Scotland vs. Georgia (33-6): Scotland decisively began their summer campaign, dismantling Georgia with a convincing 33-6 victory.
  2. France vs. Scotland (30-27) and Scotland vs. France (25-21): Scotland’s back-to-back encounters with France were exceptionally competitive, losing by a mere three points in France and avenging that loss with a win at home.

Even though they didn’t make it out of the group stages in the World Cup, Scotland fought a hard battle in what was undoubtedly the toughest group.

They had a lot to prove and their recent form, fighting spirit, and tactical nuance made them a genuine dark horse contender.

And so it proved it proved to be as they won against both Wales and England. However, falling short against France lost them a potential Grand Slam.

While I can’t see them topping the table ahead of Ireland, a second place would be a fantastic achievement.

Six Nations 2024 Fixture List

Round Date Time Match Location
Round 1 2 February 2024 8pm France vs Ireland (17-38) Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
3 February 2024 2.15pm Italy vs England (24-27) Stadio Olimpico, Rome
3 February 2024 4.45pm Wales vs Scotland (26-27) Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Round 2 10 February 2024 2.15pm Scotland vs France (16-20) Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
10 February 2024 4.45pm England vs Wales (16-14) Twickenham Stadium, London
11 February 2024 3pm Ireland vs Italy (36-0) Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Round 3 24 February 2024 2.15pm Ireland vs Wales (31-7) Aviva Stadium, Dublin
24 February 2024 4.45pm Scotland vs England (30-21) Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
25 February 2024 3pm France vs Italy (13-13) Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Round 4 9 March 2024 2.15pm Italy vs Scotland Stadio Olimpico, Rome
9 March 2024 4.45pm England vs Ireland Twickenham Stadium, London
10 March 2024 3pm Wales vs France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Round 5 16 March 2024 2.15pm Wales vs Italy Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
16 March 2024 4.45pm Ireland vs Scotland Aviva Stadium, Dublin
16 March 2024 8pm France vs England Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu

2024 6 Nations Prediction as of Feb 1st 2024

The 2024 Six Nations Championship kicks off with a bang, as two tournament favourites, Ireland and France, face each other right out of the gate.

This curtain-raiser will set the tone for the entire championship. If Ireland can seal the deal against France, I predict they will win the tournament outright.

Prediction: Ireland to Win the Six Nations 2024.

Why Ireland?

With Betfred odds for both teams set so close, Ireland and France are practically neck and neck. But we’re leaning towards the Irish for a few key reasons:

  1. Consistency: Ireland has been a consistent performer in the Six Nations, rarely dropping below the top three in recent years.
  2. Depth: Their player pool is deep, boasting a balance of experience and young talent that could be crucial in tight matches.
  3. Tactics: Irish gameplay, known for its tactical depth, could outwit the flair and spontaneity of the French side.

The first match between Ireland and France is pivotal. It’s not just about the points; it’s about setting the psychological tone for the rest of the tournament.

A win for Ireland here could give them the momentum they need to go all the way. They will have to overcome some obstacles though.

The retirement of both Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls will hit the squad hard. Both stalwarts of the team, coach Andy Farrell will no doubt have a new plan, it just remains to be seen if it will work.

That said, while France is a formidable opponent, our money is on Ireland to clinch the 2024 Six Nations Championship.

It will be another thrilling competition that promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

Betting on the Underdog?

For the daring bettor, there might be some value in wagering on who takes home the Wooden Spoon.

While the odds might not be as lucrative as predicting the Grand Slam winner, the risks involved in such a bet offer a different kind of excitement.

The Wooden Spoon may not come with the fanfare and glory of a Six Nations championship, but it carries its own set of dramas, debates, and, yes, shame.

But for teams and fans alike, it’s also a poignant reminder that there’s nowhere to go but up.

The Wooden Spoon: The Shame of Finishing Last in Six Nations

In Six Nations rugby, glory isn’t the only outcome that captures attention. At the opposite end of the spectrum lies the “Wooden Spoon,” a term synonymous with finishing last in the tournament.

While no physical spoon is awarded, the metaphorical weight of the Wooden Spoon can hang heavily on any team unfortunate enough to “win” it.

Since the Six Nations kicked off in 2000, England and Ireland have never found themselves at the bottom of the table.

On the other hand, Italy has claimed the Wooden Spoon 18 times and suffered a clean sweep of losses 13 times.

A Legacy No One Wants

This not-so-coveted title has its roots steeped in sporting tradition. Although initially related to academic failure at Cambridge University, the Wooden Spoon has found its home in rugby, which serves as a reminder of underachievement.

Teams strive to avoid this ignominy, knowing that it will overshadow any flashes of brilliance they may have shown throughout the competition.

The Stigma Attached

Finishing last in the Six Nations isn’t just a statistical note; it’s an emotional burden.

It often sparks debates around coaching decisions, player form, and even the basic competency of a rugby program. The stain of the Wooden Spoon can last long after the tournament, affecting team morale.

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Who’s at Risk in 2024?

Betfred set Italy’s odds at a staggering 250/1, and they did seem the most likely candidate for this dubious honour.

Wales, too, were priced at 22/1 in February, a far cry from their dominant days, and questions still need to be answered if they can avoid finishing at the bottom.