Ireland given the boost for another Six Nations success

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Having won the last two Six Nations championships, Ireland are aiming to create Six Nations history this year with a record-breaking third successive championship.

No side has won three straight Six Nations’ since the format expanded in 2000 and there are five other countries who will be eager to ensure Ireland don’t achieve it this year.

Under Joe Schmidt however, Ireland have shown a knack for coming out on top, as the New Zealander led his side to glory on a thrilling final day in 2015, as the Greens edged England and Wales on points difference only.

Similarly in 2014 it took a last-gasp win, this time away in Paris, to see off England and France on the last weekend of the tournament.

Overseen by one of the finest coaches in the game in Schmidt, the Emerald Isle will always be fiercely respected, and Ladbrokes are boosting Ireland to win the Six Nations to 4/1 for a limited time only.*

The team’s World Cup was hit-and-miss, with rampant victories over Canada and Romania, plus a 24-9 success over France, undone by a rampant Argentina in the last eight.

However, if they do make Six Nations history and become the first side ever to claim a hat-trick of titles, this year’s title would arguably be their finest achievement.

Ireland are a number of injuries to contend with for the opening few weeks of the tournament, with the likes of Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Tommy Bowe and Martin Fitzgerald all on the sidelines.

Furthermore, Ireland’s fixtures are rather tricky, as they open with a home tie against Wales, before trips to France and England.

The reigning champions are 8/13 favourites to win at a roaring Aviva stadium this Sunday, with Warren Gatland’s Wales outsiders at 11/8.

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