THE WELSH have been given next to no chance to beat the Irish when they travel to Dublin for the opening day of the 2022 Six Nations, even though they are reigning champions.
Ireland were spectacular in the autumn and recorded a famous victory over the All Blacks. They also beat Japan and Argentina convincingly. This has set the Irish up with serious momentum for the Six Nations.
Wales won the tournament last year and nearly won the Grand Slam, but are expected to finish fourth behind France, England and the Irish.
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It comes after a disappointing summer against Argentina and a mixed autumn campaign that included wins over Australia and Fiji and defeats against South Africa and New Zealand.
Wins over Australia and Fiji and defeats against South Africa and New Zealand was a mixed bag for the Wales team last summer. Bookmakers have Ireland as odds-on favorites, for the Dublin opener on February 5, every bookmaker in the land with some offering odds of 1/7. A Wales victory is priced at 9/2 in various places.
Ireland are also expected to win by 13 points or more listed at the shortest odds of 10/11 with Paddy Power.
A price of 9/1 can be got for a huge Irish win of between 26 and 30 points. The same price has been offered for a Wales win by one to five points.
Wales are no strangers to being largely counted out in the run up to a Six Nations. England and Ireland are fancied more by the bookies every year, but it is France who are actually tournament favorites this year after their stunning demolition of the All Blacks in November.
Wales are poised for another Six Nations injury blow with hooker Ken Owens set to be ruled out of the tournament because of a back problem.
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The full 2022 Six Nations fixtures and UK kick-off times
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Ireland v Wales, 2.15pm
Scotland v England, 4.45pm
Sunday, February 6, 2022
France v Italy, 3pm
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm
France v Ireland, 4.45pm
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Italy v England, 3pm
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Scotland v France, 2.15pm
England v Wales , 4.45pm
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Ireland v Italy, 3pm
Friday, March 11, 2022
Wales v France, 8pm
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Italy v Scotland, 2.15pm
England v Ireland, 4.45pm
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Wales v Italy, 2.15pm
Ireland v Scotland, 4.45pm
France v England, 8pm