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Confident Punters Back An Ireland Six Nations Grand Slam

Ireland have been backed for a return to form at the Six Nations after head coach Andy Farrell named a 36-man squad for the tournament on Monday.

Iain Henderson, Tadgh Furlong, Peter O’Mahony and James Lowe were all included despite injury concerns while Jacob Stockdale was the headline absentee as he recovers from a knee injury sustained earlier this month.

Uncapped Craig Casey has shortened into 25/1 from 50/1 to start Ireland’s opener against Wales as he was named one of three scrum-halves alongside Munster teammate Conor Murray and Leinster’s Jamison Gibson-Park.

Andy Farrell’s men have also come in for some early support for Six Nations success having shortened into 8/1 from 10/1 for a fourth Grand Slam and 10/3 from 9/2 to win the tournament.

That makes Ireland third favourites behind France (11/4) and defending champions England, who are runaway favourites at 21/20 to land their fourth Six Nations crown in six years.

Punters clearly believe Ireland will be in the Six Nations mix especially with Paul O’Connell involved as forwards coach; there is confidence they can mount a serious challenge.

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