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Who will be Six Nations champions?

14th February 2014 09:00

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As this year's Six Nations heads towards Round Three, the race to be crowned 2014 champions is wide open.

With France and Ireland both putting on dominant displays in their opening two games, it would take a brave punter to look outside of these two favourites.

Ireland struggled in the 2013 series and are looking to bounce back with a serious claim for the Grand Slam.

The bookmakers have them priced at 13/8 to win the competition and 4/1 to be undefeated, but with Jonny Sexton in great kicking form, they are well priced.

France also have odds of 4/1 to claim the Grand Slam, but the bookmakers are favouring an Irish win, pricing Les Bleus at 7/4. After a hard fought opening weekend victory against England in Paris, the French have showed they have the grit and determination to win at all costs, making them a formidable opposition.

But what about the other four teams competing in the Six Nations? England were mightily unlucky to lose in the Stade de France in the opening weekend, but showed some great courage to claim the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield against the Scots a week later.

At 5/2, the bookmakers aren't ruling out Stuart Lancaster's men, but they will need results to go their way if they are to claim the title.

After two disappointing performances by their very high standards, Wales find themselves out at 10/1 to be crowned champions but after a 26-3 defeat to the Irish last time out, their confidence will have taken a battering, as well as their bodies.

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