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Ireland Six Nations Betting Odds

| 10.12.2010

The 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam has lost its aura after a poor run of results in the Autumn internationals, but last year’s runners-up can never be ruled out of a challenge.

The return of inspiration captain Paul O’Connell will have a huge impact on the Irish squad, and at 11/4 to win the Six Nations, Ireland are one of the sides offering plenty of value in the Six Nations betting.

With Ladbrokes offering a free £25 bet for new customers who sign up here, a £25 stake on an Irish win would return £93.75 which seems like a great return considering the calibre of their squad.

In Ronan O’Gara and Johnny Sexton, the Irish have two outside-halves who can change games and whether it’s Sexton or O’Gara who starts, the Irish have a player that is guaranteed to score them points in the crucial role.

According to the Six Nations betting market, Sexton is the more likely of the two to start as he is 4/1 to be the leading points scorer in the competition whereas O’Gara has top tournament points scorer odds of 14/1.

Brian O’Driscoll is the lynchpin of the Irish back line and with Six Nations odds of 25/1, the world class centre offers punters plenty of value to be the top try scorer in the Six Nations betting.

Ireland have been handed a favourable draw as they play England and France at home and Declan Kidney’s side will be overwhelming favourites to beat Italy in Rome in the Six Nations betting.

But trips to Wales and Scotland will prove tricky and an Irish Grand Slam seems unlikely although Ireland are priced at 13/2 to do so.

Ireland open their championship at home to Italy and come the end of the first week’s games, they should top the table.

A £25 stake on O’Driscoll ending the tournament top try scorer would return £650. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.