Ladbrokes offer massive incentive to bet on Six Nations ties

A huge weekend of Six Nations rugby lies ahead, and punters can thank Ladbrokes for bolstering the price on their main handicap markets to 1/1 in the Ireland v Italy and England v Wales matches.

Punters placing a bet on a first try scorer in the England game will also have the chance to claim a refund of their stake, and this will occur should their selection score the second try of the match rather than the first.

With this in mind, many will be keen to invest in 9/1 odds for favourite Chris Ashton to go over the line first for England, while 14/1 Manu Tuilagi would seem to represent value, and Leigh Halfpenny of Wales looking too big to continue his superb recent form at the same price for the opening try.

With little to choose between these sides, the 1/1 for England to win with a three-point start is very appealing, while Ireland should have far too much for the travelling Italians, and it can pay dividends to back them at that enhanced 1/1 price to make up a 16-point deficit.