Six Nations Outright Winner Prediction with Betting Odds and Tips (2023)

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TournamentSix Nations 2023
TimetableSaturday 4th February 2023 - Sunday 18th March 2023
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Outright prediction of our Six Nations betting series.

Six Nations rugby outright winner

The Guinness Six Nations 2023 is almost here, and there is a lot of speculation as to whom the outright winner may be. Last year's competition has left a lot of fans second-guessing their suspected champion for this year. There is hot debate as to whether France will retain their crown; favourites and current world number-ones, Ireland will spoil the party; or even outsiders like England and Wales will cause an upset, thanks to big changes in their set-ups. There is a lot that fans and pundits alike can analyse.

Below, I give you my prediction and a few Six Nations betting tips for those interested in checking out all of the sports betting action.

📖 Team Overviews and Predictions to Win

🌹 England Preview and Chances of Winning the 2023 Six Nations

The Red Rose will be looking to stir crowds into a frenzy with another crack at the Six Nations title. Can this year's third favourites challenge for glory or will fans of England rugby be silenced for another year?

💼 England's Management Team

Eddie Jones, love him or hate him, has recently been sacked from England after their worst performances on the field since 2008. England spent 2023 in turmoil, leading to a number of players explicitly stating in the press their displeasure over Jones's style of coaching. Indeed, the players, support, and coaching staff Eddie has burned through has been like a small child going through a bag of sweets. Enter Steve Borthwick.

Borthwick has taken over the reigns since Jones's departure, surrounding himself with experienced and quality coaches. In just over a month, he has put forward a new England mantra of pace and agility and pursued a rebuild of the England set-up. He has, however, tempered expectations and warned England fans not to expect any overnight fixes, so perhaps the Six Nations 2023 will not be the tournament that the Men in White win the Six Nations outright.

⭐ England Six Nations 2023 Squad

⏪ Backs
  1. Owen Farrell (C)
  2. Tommy Freeman
  3. Ollie Hassell-Collins
  4. Dan Kelly
  5. Ollie Lawrence
  6. Max Malins
  7. Joe Marchant
  8. Alex Mitchell
  9. Cadan Murley
  10. Henry Slade
  11. Fin Smith
  12. Marcus Smith
  13. Freddie Steward
  14. Manu Tuilagi
  15. Jack van Poortvliet
  16. Ben Youngs
⏩ Forwards
  1. Jamie Blamire
  2. Ollie Chessum
  3. Dan Cole
  4. Ben Curry
  5. Alex Dombrandt
  6. Ben Earl
  7. Ellis Genge (VC)
  8. Joe Heyes
  9. Jonny Hill
  10. Nick Isiekwe
  11. Maro Itoje
  12. Courtney Lawes (VC)
  13. Lewis Ludlam
  14. George McGuigan
  15. Bevan Rodd
  16. Sam Simmonds
  17. Kyle Sinckler
  18. Mako Vunipola
  19. Jack Walker
  20. Jack Willis

✔️ England's Recent Form

2022 was not a great year for England rugby. Six games unbeaten in over twice that number of games was certainly nothing to brag about. Even with a new Head Coach in the bag, recent form suggests that Borthwick will have an uphill struggle. Personally, I think it's going to be a few long games before there is any improvement, so from how England have played previously, the Six Nations 2023 may as well already be forgotten.

❗ England Rugby Updates

❓ Predicted Six Nations 2023 Finish

England Six Nations 2023 chances: my prediction is that the English will come third.

🐓 France Preview and Chances of Winning the 2023 Six Nations

France looked to be the bookies' favourites at the end of last year. All that seems to have changed now, with Ireland on top, but that's not to say that fans and pundits alike will be writing off Les Bleus that quickly. The French have a lot up their sleeves, ready for this year's Six Nations Championship. Let's take a look at their set-up.

💼 France's Management Team

When looking at a team's management structure, a lot of rugby fans may gloss past all but the big boss, but the French are lucky to have two world greats leading the charge: Head Coach, Fabien Galthié and Defence Coach, Shaun Edwards. Both complement each other and are seen as the best coaching team in the world today - one of the reasons they have transformed France into world-beaters as reflected by the Six Nations odds. In fact, when the top job at England became available, many countries, including France, were quick to re-sign their coaches in an effort to avoid them being poached for this position. On that note, that should mean we see great things from the French side for years to come.

⭐ France Six Nations 2023 Squad

⏪ Backs
  1. Pierre-Louis Barassi
  2. Louis Bielle-Biarrey
  3. Romain Buros
  4. Léo Coly
  5. Julien Delbouis
  6. Ethan Dumortier
  7. Antoine Dupont
  8. Gaël Fickou
  9. Emilien Gailleton
  10. Antoine Hastoy
  11. Matthieu Jalibert
  12. Melvyn Jaminet
  13. Matthis Lebel
  14. Nolann Le Garrec
  15. Yoram Moefana
  16. Romain Ntamack
  17. Damian Penaud
  18. Thomas Ramos
⏩ Forwards
  1. Grégory Alldritt
  2. Uini Atonio
  3. Cyril Baille
  4. Gaëtan Barlot
  5. Teddy Baubigny
  6. Alexandre Bécognée
  7. Paul Boudehent
  8. Yacouba Camara
  9. Bastien Chalureau
  10. Dylan Cretin
  11. François Cros
  12. Sipili Falatea
  13. Thibaud Flament
  14. Mohamed Haouas
  15. Anthony Jelonch
  16. Thomas Jolmès
  17. Thomas Lavault
  18. Sekou Macalou
  19. Julien Marchand
  20. Charles Ollivon
  21. Dany Priso
  22. Romain Taofifenua
  23. Reda Ward
  24. Paul Willemse

✔️ France's Recent Form

What a year 2022 was for France! Les Bleus stormed to a perfect ten across ten matches, putting them second in the world in the rankings. Even on form alone, France look strong to do the double and claim the Six Nations for a second year in a row. Will they make it? I think they have potential, but I have my eyes on somebody else grabbing the prize.

❗ France Rugby Updates

❓ Predicted Six Nations 2023 Finish

France Six Nations 2023 chances: my prediction is that the French will come second.

☘️ Ireland Preview and Chances of Winning the 2023 Six Nations

Now we move on to the Six Nations outright betting favourites, Ireland. It's understandable that the current world number ones would be odds on to take home the silverware, but do I think the Irish are up to the task? I think there are a lot of positive signs for an impending title grab from the Men in Green. Let's see why.

💼 Ireland's Management Team

Heading up the Irish team is Andy Farrell. The Englishman is a dual-code international who has also coached at Saracens, Munster, England, and the British and Irish Lions. Farrell arguably initially prospered from the set-up he inherited from his predecessor, Joe Scmidt, but he has since made the role his own - the results serving as one massive tick in the box for his coaching career. Indeed, he certainly seems to be getting the praise he deserves, with a nomination or Coach of the Year in 2022 serving as an endorsement of his credentials.

⭐ Ireland Six Nations 2023 Squad

⏪ Backs
  1. Bundee Aki
  2. Ross Byrne
  3. Craig Casey
  4. Jack Crowley
  5. Keith Earls
  6. Jamison Gibson Park
  7. Mack Hansen
  8. Hugo Keenan
  9. Jordan Larmour
  10. James Lowe
  11. Stuart McCloskey
  12. Conor Murray
  13. Jimmy O’Brien
  14. Jamie Osborne
  15. Garry Ringrose
  16. Johnny Sexton
  17. Jacob Stockdale
⏩ Forwards
  1. Ryan Baird
  2. Finlay Bealham
  3. Tadhg Beirne
  4. Jack Conan
  5. Gavin Coombes
  6. Caelan Doris
  7. Tadhg Furlong
  8. Cian Healy
  9. Iain Henderson
  10. Rob Herring
  11. Ronan Kelleher
  12. Dave Kilcoyne
  13. Joe McCarthy
  14. Peter O’Mahony
  15. Tom O’Toole
  16. Andrew Porter
  17. Cian Prendergast
  18. James Ryan
  19. Dan Sheehan
  20. Josh van der Flier

✔️ Ireland's Recent Form

The Irish did pick up a loss against France in last year's Six Nations, but that was about all of the heartbreak for the fans in 2022 given Ireland's fantastic run in the rest of the year. After a historic summer tour in New Zealand and an Autumn Nations Series that kept them first in the world rankings, I can envision Ireland continuing their cracking run of form in this year's Six Nations becoming the outright winner. As such, I can also see there being quite the party in Dublin at the end of the tournament.

❗ Ireland Rugby Updates

❓ Predicted Six Nations 2023 Finish

Ireland Six Nations 2023 chances: my prediction is that the Irish will come first.

🐺 Italy Preview and Chances of Winning the 2023 Six Nations

The Six Nations' sixth man is back. We've all seen the previous competitions, and we've all seen what hope the bookies' odds are giving the Italians of claiming their first ever title win. Rugby is always full of surprises, though, so let's look if this is the year that the world may get a shock.

💼 Italy's Management Team

Kieran Crowley joined Italy as Head Coach back in May 2021, and he has had a seismic effect on the national team's game since taking over the top job. Italy have had their ups and downs during Crowley's tenure, but ending their 36-game losing streak in the Six Nations after sneaking past Wales on the scoreboard in the final match of last year's competition and having clawed two wins from three matches in the Autumn Nations Series has meant a resurgence of belief in Italian rugby. Maybe Crowley's men may not be world-beaters at this stage, but the Head Coach has certainly inspired a passion for rugby in Italy unlike anything over the last decade or more.

⭐ Italy Six Nations 2023 Squad

⏪ Backs
  1. Tommaso Allan
  2. Juan Ignacio Brex
  3. Pierre Bruno
  4. Ange Capuozzo
  5. Giacomo Da Re
  6. Alessandro Fusco
  7. Alessandro Garbisi
  8. Enrico Lucchin
  9. Tommaso Menoncello
  10. Matteo Minozzi
  11. Luca Morisi
  12. Edoardo Padovani
  13. Stephen Varney
⏩ Forwards
  1. Luca Bigi
  2. Lorenzo Cannon
  3. Niccolò Cannon
  4. Pietro Ceccarelli
  5. Simone Ferrari
  6. Danilo Fischetti
  7. Marco Fuser
  8. Michele Lamaro
  9. Marco Manfredi
  10. Sebastian Negri
  11. Giacomo Nicotera
  12. Matteo Nocera
  13. Giovanni Pettinelli
  14. Jake Polledri
  15. Marco Riccioni
  16. Luca Rizzoli
  17. Federico Ruzza
  18. Mirco Spagnolo
  19. Andrea Zambonin
  20. Federico Zani
  21. Manuel Zuliani

✔️ Italy's Recent Form

Italy managed five wins in 2022 - their best work since 2007. Will that be enough to keep them afloat in the 2023 Six Nations? Given that they proved that they were at least able to beat some of the top ten teams in the world, you may think Italy have a prayer in this competition. Sadly, given some of the drubbings they received in between their good fortune, I think fans may be waiting a while before we see the Europeans winning anything but the wooden spoon.

❗ Italy Rugby Updates

❓ Predicted Six Nations 2023 Finish

Italy Six Nations 2023 chances: my prediction is that the Italians will come sixth.

🦄 Scotland Preview and Chances of Winning the 2023 Six Nations

Scotland are one of those teams that are world class on their day. The problem is that those days come inconsistently so that the side tend to struggle in the long-term against top-ten teams. Will the Six Nations 2023 give the Scottish an opportunity to string together a better run of matches? Certainly. I don't see their potential converting into game wins, however. Let's look at why that may be the case.

💼 Scotland's Management Team

Leading Scotland is Gregor Townsend MBE, a former player turned Head Coach. He had previously been the Assistant Coach of the side from 2009 to 2012 before taking his turn in the spotlight in recent years. Townsend has surely managed to fire up the Scottish team in the Calcutta Cup over the last five tests, with Scotland picking up three wins and a draw from five matches. The only problem has been converting such passion for playing the Old Enemy into the other big tests, as we shall see shortly. The Scot is feeling a lot of pressure to produce a top-three finish in the Six Nations 2023 and to build a good run of form, going into the Rugby World Cup. If the results don't come (and the circulating rumours are to be believed), he may be off to coach the Leicester Tigers at the end of the year.

⭐ Scotland Six Nations 2023 Squad

⏪ Backs
  1. Chris Harris
  2. Ben Healy
  3. Stuart Hogg
  4. George Horne
  5. Huw Jones
  6. Blair Kinghorn
  7. Sean Maitland
  8. Ruaridh McConnochie
  9. Stafford McDowell
  10. Ali Price
  11. Cameron Redpath
  12. Finn Russell
  13. Ollie Smith
  14. Kyle Steyn
  15. Sione Tuipulotu
  16. Duhan van der Merwe
  17. Ben White
⏩ Forwards
  1. Ewan Ashman
  2. Josh Bayliss
  3. Simon Berghan
  4. Jamie Bhatti
  5. Fraser Brown
  6. Dave Cherry
  7. Andy Christie
  8. Luke Crosbie
  9. Jack Dempsey
  10. Matt Fagerson
  11. Zander Fagerson
  12. Grant Gilchrist
  13. Jonny Gray
  14. Richie Gray
  15. Cameron Henderson
  16. Willem Petrus Nel
  17. Jamie Ritchie
  18. Pierre Schoeman
  19. Javan Sebastian
  20. Sam Skinner
  21. Rory Sutherland
  22. George Turner
  23. Hamish Watson

✔️ Scotland's Recent Form

Like their English counterparts, there's not a lot of room for bragging when it comes to Scotland's recent rugby performances. Five wins from 12 last year left a sour taste in the mouth, and questions have been asked about whether Scotland will struggle in the future against developing teams like Argentina - to whom they lost their summer series, 2-1. With all of this in mind, I can't see Scotland developing enough momentum in the Six Nations 2023 to challenge the best teams in Europe, so I think Scottish fans may be watching the tournament through their fingers.

❗ Scotland Rugby Updates

❓ Predicted Six Nations 2023 Finish

Scotland Six Nations 2023 chances: my prediction is that the Scottish will come fifth.

🐉 Wales Preview and Chances of Winning the 2023 Six Nations

Any Welshman will happily tell you about the long and proud history of Wales rugby. Have the Men in Red still got the right ingredients to create the sort of triumph they experienced in their glory days, however? That may be a question with a bitter answer. Let's break down the core elements of the Welsh set-up.

💼 Wales's Management Team

Wales have also made big changes in the managerial department, sacking former Head Coach Wayne Pivac and re-signing his predecessor, Warren Gatland. Gatland previously had notable success with the Welsh national team, winning four Six Nations championships, before returning to his native New Zealand in 2020 to coach the Chiefs - a tenure which, by large contrast, led to a record-breaking losing streak in the Super Rugby. Welsh rugby fans will be expecting a lot from their prodigal Head Coach, but will he be able to deliver the goods? I suspect that a lack of time to prepare will be the biggest obstacle to Six Nations glory for Wales.

⭐ Wales Six Nations 2023 Squad

⏪ Backs
  1. Josh Adams
  2. Dan Biggar
  3. Alex Cuthbert
  4. Rio Dyer
  5. Mason Grady
  6. Leigh Halfpenny
  7. Kieran Hardy
  8. Joe Hawkins
  9. George North
  10. Rhys Patchell
  11. Louis Rees-Zammit
  12. Nick Tompkins
  13. Rhys Webb
  14. Keiran Williams
  15. Liam Williams
  16. Owen Williams
  17. Tomos Williams
⏩ Forwards
  1. Scott Baldwin
  2. Adam Beard
  3. Leon Brown
  4. Rhys Carre
  5. Rhys Davies
  6. Taulupe Faletau
  7. Tomas Francis
  8. Dafydd Jenkins
  9. Wyn Jones
  10. Dillon Lewis
  11. Jac Morgan
  12. Ken Owens
  13. Tommy Reffell
  14. Bradley Roberts
  15. Gareth Thomas
  16. Justin Tipuric
  17. Christ Tshiunza
  18. Aaron Wainwright
  19. Teddy Williams
  20. Alun Wyn Jones

✔️ Wales's Recent Form

Welsh fans expected a roar of life from 2022, but instead, all they got was a sigh of despair. Out of 13 games, Wales only knocked up four wins, leaving a lot of questions unanswered about what they may achieve in the Six Nations 2023 and the Rugby World Cup. Personally, I think Wales's recent performances highlight a lack of desire that will hold them back again in this year's Six Nations. Perhaps some think that their aforementioned change in leadership will create enough of a spark to re-ignite the Welsh dragon, but I don't see that happening quite this soon.

❗ Wales Rugby Updates

❓ Predicted Six Nations 2023 Finish

Wales Six Nations 2023 chances: my prediction is that the Welsh will come fourth.

🕵️ My Prediction for the Outright Winner of the Six Nations 2023

The betting sites have down Ireland to win the Six Nations 2023. I am inclined to believe the same. Not only that, I think they will go all of the way and win the Triple Crown and the Grand Slam. Ireland have a lot of weapons in their rugby arsenal, from fantastic leadership to world-class players, and with the advantage of playing their toughest matches at home, this is certainly their competition to lose. If the Men in Green bring the sort of composure and determination that they did in 2022, I can see only France being a minor hindrance on the path to the Six Nations title.

Prediction for the Six Nations outright winner? Ireland to win.

💶 Six Nations Outright Winner Betting Tips

Betting on an outright winner of the Six Nations always gives you deliciously longer odds than any kind of match betting. The obvious drawback is that the risk factor goes up dramatically; correctly guessing rough results for 15 games is a lot harder than guessing just the one match winner - especially without being able to look at current form in the competition, as the new rugby year begins. On that basis, I would argue that looking at match betting for individual games may give you better odds for the Six Nations - very much depending on what the bookies are willing to offer.

There is one case, however, in which I could see betting on the Six Nations outright winner as worthwhile, and that's if you only want to place one bet across the entire competition - remember that if you set your own betting limit, stick to it! In that case, my recommendation would be Ireland to win outright at 2.35 odds. If you fancy mixing things up, my thoughts are that Ireland are not only going to win the tournament but will also claim the Triple Crown and Grand Slam titles. You can place wagers on both of these outcomes at odds of 2.31 for Ireland to win the Triple Crown and odds of 3.99 for Ireland to win the Grand Slam.

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⚡ Six Nations Outright Winner Prediction Summary

1️⃣ When is the first Six Nations 2023 match?

The first match will be Wales vs Ireland at 2.15 p.m. GMT on the 4th February.


3️⃣ Where can I stream the Six Nations?

Television rights in Ireland for the Six Nations 2023 are split between RTÉ and Virgin Media.


4️⃣ Who is my Six Nations outright winner?

I think that Ireland will win the Six Nations overall.


5️⃣ What are some Six Nations 2023 betting tips?

Based on my own analysis, I would offer the following betting tips for Wales vs Ireland:

  1. Six Nations outright odds on Ireland to win at 2.35 are my preference.
  2. If you want to lengthen your odds, perhaps consider Ireland to win the Grand Slam at 3.99.

✒️ Steven Brown - International Sports Writer and Tipster

Steven Brown

This Six Nations outright winner prediction was written by Steven Brown.

Steven is an internationally revered rugby coach and sports writer. His insight with his predictions comes from his rugby coaching qualifications, successes coaching youth and men's teams in both hemispheres, and from analytical research into world rugby.