2023 Six Nations Rugby Championship Schedule, Odds, Prediction & Format

2023 Six Nations Rugby Championship Schedule, Odds, Prediction & Format


One of the most anticipated events on the rugby calendar every year, the Six Nations Championship is here for 2023. Set to be contested over six weeks from February 4 to March 18, fans are sure to be treated to some incredible rugby union action.

Whether you're a fan that's new to rugby or a diehard looking for the betting odds on this year's tournament, here's what you need to know about the 2023 Six Nations Championship.

2023 Six Nations Rugby Schedule

Round 1

  • Feb. 4 - 9:15 a.m. ET: Wales vs. Ireland
  • Feb. 4 - 11:45 a.m. ET: England vs. Scotland
  • Feb. 5 - 10:00 a.m. ET: Italy vs France

Round 2

  • Feb. 11 - 9:15 a.m. ET: Ireland vs. France
  • Feb. 11 - 11:45 a.m. ET: Scotland vs. Wales
  • Feb. 12 - 10:00 a.m. ET: England vs. Italy

Round 3

  • Feb.25- 9:15 a.m. ET: Italy vs. Ireland
  • Feb. 25- 11:45 a.m. ET: Wales vs. England
  • Feb. 26 - 10:00 a.m. ET: France vs. Scotland

Round 4

  • March 11 - 9:15 a.m. ET: Italy vs. Wales
  • March 11 - 11:45 a.m. ET: England vs. France
  • March 12 - 10:00 a.m. ET: Scotland vs. Ireland

Round 5

  • March 18 - 9:15 a.m. ET: Scotland vs. Italy
  • March 18 - 11:45 a.m. ET: France vs. Wales
  • March 18 - 10:00 a.m. ET: Ireland vs. England

2023 Six Nations Rugby Locations

The Six Nations Rugby championship is played at venues in each participating country. The home stadiums for each team are as follows:

  • England — Twickenham Stadium (London)
  • France — Stade de France (Saint-Denis)
  • Ireland — Aviva Stadium (Dublin)
  • Italy — Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
  • Scotland — Murrayfield Stadium (Edinburgh)
  • Wales — Millennium Stadium (Cardiff)

2023 Six Nations Rugby Championship Format

The format of the Six Nations Championship is fairly straightforward. Each of the six teams plays in each of the five rounds — meaning each team plays each other team once.

The winner is determined by whoever is at the top of the table with the most points at the end of the tournament. Unlike most competitions, however, it's not just wins and draws that can help a team climb the table. Points are awarded as follows:

  • Win: 4 points
  • Draw: 2 points
  • Score 4+ tries in a match: 1 bonus point
  • Lose by 7 points or fewer: 1 bonus point
  • Grand slam (win all 5 matches): 3 bonus points

2023 Six Nations Rugby Championship Odds

FanDuel Sportsbook has released full rugby odds for each country in the 2023 Six Nations Championship:

  1. Ireland (+115)
  2. France (+195)
  3. England (+370)
  4. Wales (+1200)
  5. Scotland (+2100)
  6. Italy (+20000)

2023 Six Nations Rugby Championship Prediction and Best Bet

It may seem like a surprise that France isn't the favorite in 2023 after pulling off the grand slam in 2022, but a deeper look shows us why. Ireland wasn't far behind France at 4-0-1, and they had an absolutely massive +105 point differential in the tournament, compared to just +68 for France. Outside of an incredibly tight French win over the Irish (30-24), Ireland looked like the best team in the tournament.

Ireland is also the No. 1 ranked country in the world, and they are in truly fine form lately. Their 3-0 performance in the Autumn Nations Series in November included wins over world No. 4 South Africa and No. 6 Australia. They also defeated No. 3 New Zealand in two straight test matches prior.

Ireland are the favorites for a reason, and for my money, they probably should be priced as an odds-on favorite with minus odds. That means I love a bet on Ireland +115 here.

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