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Record try-scorer raring to get going in the Six Nations

| 27.01.2011

A week Friday Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium will be packed to the rafters full of raucous Welshman, England will be in town and a little thunderbolt in the shape of Shane Williams will be belting out the lyrics to Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

The Six Nations is almost upon us and Wales’ record tryscorer has sufficiently recovered from his dislocated shoulder enough to let the world now that he is raring to go – and when Shane Williams hits his stride, there are not many who can stop him.

A fully fit Shane Williams is a dangerous opponent for any opposition, and the diminutive winger is 12/1 to be the leading tryscorer in the Six Nations.

There are not many who can argue with a record that reads 71 games played, 51 tries scored and punters who are new to Ladbrokes.com and wish to have a punt on the Welshman can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.

England’s Chris Ashton may have something to say about Williams’ record, the England winger may only have three international tries to his name in seven caps but at club level Ashton has 78 tries in 81 games and the Northampton star is the 7/1 favourite to score the most tries.

England have managed 174 tries since the Five Nations became the Six Nations and 22 under Martin Johnson’s reign.

However England managed just six tries in last year’s competition and France, with 27 tries in the last two years are the more obvious side to look to in search of the competitions leading scorer.

Wingers Vincent Clerc (14/1), Alexis Palisson (20/1) and Aurelien Rougerie (25/1) are all in with a shout, but the standout value is France’s fullback Maxime Medard at 20/1.

France are the danger side in the Six Nations in a World Cup year and here flowing rugby could reap rewards for punters.

A £25 stake on Medard being the top tryscorer would return £525. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



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.