DYLAN HARTLEY is the favourite to be the next England captain according to Ladbrokes.
As Stuart Lancaster looks towards new leadership groups it’s 6/4 that Hartley captains the side against Scotland on February 4. Stalwarts Chris Robshaw (2/1), Tom Wood (11/4) and Tom Croft (8/1) also earn quotes to replace Lewis Moody.
After naming nine uncapped players Ben Morgan is the favourite to start at 1/2 with Charlie Sharples a 4/6 shot and Saints’ Phil Dowson at 2/1. The bookies also make debutant Joe Marler 9/1 to start at Murrayfield without his famous mohican.
Charlie Hodgson (1/4) is odds-on to claim the number 10 shirt in the absence of the injured Toby Flood and Saracens’ Owen Farrell is an 11/4 outsider for a starting role.
Farrell is also 4/1 to score all of England’s points against Scotland and it’s 5/2 he converts all his shots at goal.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like it’s the year for debutants. Lancaster has freshened the side up and the odds suggest uncapped players will steal the headlines for the right reasons this time round.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
Who will captain England against Scotland
Dylan Hartley 6/4
Chris Robshaw 2/1
Tom Wood 11/4
Tom Croft 8/1
Ben Youngs 14/1
Tom Palmer 33/1
Who will start at number 10 against Scotland
Charlie Hodgson 1/4
Owen Farrell 11/4
Who will start at number 15 against Scotland
Ben Foden 1/6
Mike Brown 7/2
Who will start at number 12 against Scotland
Brad Barritt 1/3
Jordan Turner Hall 9/4
Owen Farrell specials
Owen Farrell to start against Scotland 1/12
Owen Farrell to score all England’s points against Scotland 4/1
Owen Farrell to not miss a place kick against Scotland** 5/2
England debutant’s to start against Scotland
Joe Marler to start against Scotland and shave off his mohican 9/1
**Farrell must take at least 1 kick**