IRELAND are the new favourites for Six Nations glory and the rugby showpiece kicks off tonight with a colossal clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Wales are 4-7 at Boylesports to win the opener against an injury-hit England side priced up as 17-10 outsiders by 888sport with the draw 22-1 at Skybet.
Punters expect England to suffer more misery in Cardiff where they were thumped 30-3 on their last visit two years ago. William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Wales are popular across the country and so far well over 70 per cent of our customers have backed them to put England to the sword.”
William Hill are also reporting significant support for Ireland to retain the title and they are now into 15-8, ahead of England (5-2, Ladbrokes) and the Welsh (10-3, Ladbrokes).
Switching codes, the Super League season got off to a thrilling start last night with Widnes overcoming a red card to stage a storming fightback in a 22-22 draw with Wigan. Tonight it’s St Helens v Catalan Dragons and the hosts are 4-11 at bet365 to dump Boylesports’ 5-2 underdogs.
Other Friday sporting highlights include stage three of cycling’s Tour of Dubai, German Masters snooker, golf from the Euro and PGA Tours and NBA basketball.
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