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Take 11/4 Six Nations treble on Ireland, France and Wales wins

| 07.03.2014

Put a Six Nations treble of victories for Ireland (against Italy), France (away to Scotland) and Wales (in England) on with Coral, and be rewarded with great odds of 11/4.

Ireland v Italy
Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are massively odds-on to beat minnows Italy at 1/50, and fly-half Jonathan Sexton has further boosted their prospects after being passed fit following damage to thumb ligaments in the defeat by England

Punters must look to the handicap markets to find any betting value on this match all. Give the Azzurri a lead of 22 points and back Ireland to win at 11/8 instead.

Ulster flanker Iain Henderson will replace Peter O’Mahony in the blindside berth in the solitary change Schmidt has made to the XV.

Former captain Brian O’Driscoll is set to break yet another record here by appearing in his 140th Test (including his caps for the British and Irish Lions). Punters can get 9/1 on him marking this milestone by scoring the opening try.

Expect a huge winning margin for Ireland here.

Scotland v France
Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has reacted to France’s loss to Wales last time out by making seven changes, and naming an entirely new back-row, for the trip to Murrayfield. Scotland have plenty to fear, however, as they have lost each of the last seven meetings.

Perpignan lock Sebastien Vahaamahina replaces the injured Yannick Nyanga as blindside flanker and Alexandre Lapandry is in for Wenceslas Lauret at openside. Damien Chouly takes over from Louis Picamoles in the number eight position because the latter has been dropped after sarcastically applauding his sin-binning against Wales.

Castres hooker Brice Mach covers injury to Dimitri Szarzewski. There are also three changes among the backs with Wesley Fofana, Hugo Bonneval and Jean-Marc Doussain out, and players all named Maxime – Mermoz, Medard and Machenaud – coming in at centre, wing and scrum-half respectively.

Scotland skipper Kelly Brown, meanwhile, earns a recall after being dropped for their last two outings – a defeat in the Calcutta Cup against England and the victory over Italy in Rome.

Because of their superb record against this opposition, France are odds-on for victory at 1/3 and the Scots are 11/4 to upset the visitors. Give the French a handicap deficit of nine points, however, and punters can enjoy a better price of 6/5.

England v Wales
Both countries go into this battle at Twickenham level on points (along with Ireland and France) after three matches, but with England, who are odds-on at 4/7 to beat Wales, ahead of their opponents on points-difference by 15.

Stuart Lancaster, whose side are now joint-favourites at 6/4 to win the title, has announced that there will be just one alteration to the XV that beat Ireland. Ben Morgan comes in to play at number eight as he replaces the injured Billy Vunipola. Back rower Tom Johnson, meanwhile, is on the bench.

Morgan, who has 18 caps, has already played a big part in the competition so far coming on but will now get his chance to make an impact from the start.

Last year’s Six Nations champions Wales (also 6/4 to retain their Six Nations Championship) resoundingly beat France in their week three home fixture, and are 13/8 to get a victory on the Twickenham turf.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.