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How the rest of the Six Nations is expected to pan out as Wales emerge as new favourites after Triple Crown

Wales have emerged as the new favourites to win the Six Nations after soaring to the top of the table with a victory over England.

It represents a remarkable turnaround for Wayne Pivac’s side, who bookmakers believed would finish fifth in the table even after they had beat Ireland in round one.

But two more wins since then against Scotland and defending champions England, with valuable bonus points picked up too, mean Wales lead by five points going into the second fallow week ahead of the final two rounds of the tournament.

They are perfectly placed to take advantage of any potential fallout from France’s postponed game with Scotland, with the uncertainty around the situation reflected by the odds.

France have lost their status as favourites despite also having a 100 per cent record. Rearranging Sunday’s game is proving problematic and there are calls for Scotland to be awarded the points after it was revealed that head coach Fabien Galthie left the secure bubble to watch his son play rugby.

Scotland still have title ambitions of their own but are very much the underdogs in what is now a three-horse race.

This is how bookmakers think it will pan out and how the table could finish based on the latest odds:

Wales

Wayne Pivac’s men are the new favourites at 2/1, according to Oddschecker.

Their odds have shrunk massively since before the England game when they were 11/1 and third favourites.

Wales are two wins away from a Grand Slam and that is priced at 3/1.

An expected big win in Italy in round four would set up that chance on Super Saturday but bookmakers think they will fall short in France.

France

Their title odds have actually shortened, going from 9/4 to 7/2 as England were previously seen as France’s biggest challengers.

A Grand Slam for Fabien Galthie’s side is now considered less likely though perhaps as a result of the chaos of the Scotland postponement, going from 28/11 to 31/10.

Scotland

Gregor Townsend’s side are 20/1 to win a first title in 22 years, drifting slightly from 18/1.

The outcome of the France game is likely to have a big impact on their final position, with bookmakers predicting them to beat Italy comfortably but lose narrowly to Ireland.

England

A second defeat in three games ended England’s hopes of defending their title even if it is mathematically still possible.

It would require a Wales slip-up against Italy to make it achievable, with eight points separating the sides, which is why England’s odds are now 500/1.

Eddie Jones’ side are still tipped to win their final two games against France and Ireland though, which could be enough to see them finish third.

Ireland

Like England, their title hopes are realistically over and they are also 500/1 to pull off a miracle.

Italy

Another wooden spoon beckons after three heavy defeats so far.

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