Experts set for Six Nations challenge

  • Last Updated: January 30 2014, 16:57 GMT

Looking for top tips for the RBS 6 Nations from those who really know the game?

Quinnell and Evans are backing Wales to reign again
Quinnell and Evans are backing Wales to reign again

Then you'll be interested in Sky Bet's first-ever Six Nations Charity Challenge in which seven of Sky Sports' top pundits will be going head-to-head in a tipping contest.

Each expert will put their knowledge and experience to the test as they make a prediction each week of this year's tournament, which gets under way on Saturday.

The Sky Sports Rugby Club crew have also made an outright prediction in the battle to raise cash for their chosen charities.

With over 500 international caps between them the competitive spirit should come to the fore - with the likes of World Cup winner Will Greenwood and former Lions captain Scott Quinnell among those taking part.

The following outright selections have already been made:

Stuart Barnes (Donald Woods Foundation): England to win the Grand Slam - 6/1

Rory Lawson (Bill McLaren Foundation): Ireland to win the Six Nations - 11/2

Dewi Morris (Wooden Spoon Charity): France to win the Six Nations - 5/2

Scott Quinnell (Wish Upon A Star): Wales to win the Six Nations - 15/8

Alan Quinlan (Help For Heroes): England to win the Six Nations - 12/5

Will Greenwood (Borne Charity): Ireland to win the Six Nations - 11/2

Ieuan Evans (Glaze Prostate Charity): Wales to win the Six Nations - 15/8

With £1,000 up for grabs each week, Sky Bet have added spice to the contest by giving the overall winner a further £1,000 bonus.

England legend Greenwood is looking to grab an early lead by tipping up a 13/2 shot in the opening round of games - namely England HT-France FT in Saturday's Paris clash.

He said: "England will come out of the blocks fast and lead at the break, but the French will hit back and make home advantage count."

A full list of the pundits' bets for the opening weekend can be found on Sky Bet's Six Nations Charity Challenge page. You can also follow their selections on Twitter using #SkyBetCharityChallenge.

Reigning champions Wales, who are seeking to win the title for the third year in a row, start the tournament as Sky Bet's 15/8 favourites.

England are next in the betting at 12/5, followed by France at 5/2.

The tournament top tryscorer market is led by Wales' George North at 6/1.

A full list of markets available on the tournament can be found on Sky Bet's website.

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