Teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy will again compete for the Celtic crown but will have to contend with players heading off down-under for the World Cup, affecting most sides to one degree or another.
It’s Leinster that are this years jollies, Coral making the finalists from the previous two seasons their 2/1 favs while bet365 have the same price about them to win the regular season. Munster, meanwhile, are 23/10 (Paddy Power) to snatch the regular season crown, something they walked last year by 14 points and should probably be backed to do again this season. It’ll be hard fought but Munster can take the overall crown again.
Ospreys will look to improve on last term’s slightly disappointing 5th and they are 11/2 with Totesport to repeat their Grand Final success of the 09/10 season while Betdaq’s 2.3 (13/10) about them being top Welsh team shouldn’t be ignored.