More than a decade after they last lifted the Six Nations crown, there’s a burgeoning sense of belief in rugby union circles that this year’s France could be the team to end the drought.
Not only could Les Bleus pay up as +250 second-favorites to clinch the title with Borgata NJ, their +500 price to win the Grand Slam looks a supreme selection ahead of the tournament’s start on Saturday (Feb. 6).
Head coach Fabien Galthie has used his considerable experience to turn a squad of prospects and hungry veterans into top contenders. France finished the 2020 Six Nations level on points with champions England, who took the title on points difference, with Les Bleus ending the tournament with a robust 35-27 win over Ireland:
Not only that, but France finished last year’s competition with the top points scorer, Romain Ntamack (57) and its top try-scorer, captain Charles Ollivon (four). Injury means Ntamack won’t be a part of the 2021 squad to begin with, though he could return at a later date.
France have won the Grand Slam (won all of their games) in three of their five Six Nations triumphs (2002, ’04, ’10), and while England remain the -110 frontrunners to defend their crown, it’s Galthie’s side who look best-equipped to usurp the throne.