The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan on September 20, with all the biggest nations eyeing glory – as well as a few minnows too.
New Zealand, England, South Africa, Ireland and Wales are all among the favourites, according to Betway.
So let’s delve a little deeper into the odds…
The All Blacks are overwhelming favourites, at 11/8. Not only have they got fantastic players, they’ve also got history behind them. Of the eight Rugby World Cups so far, New Zealand has won three:
- 1987: Winner – New Zealand
- 1991: Winner – Australia
- 1995: Winner – South Africa
- 1999: Winner – Australia
- 2003: Winner – England
- 2007: Winner – South Africa
- 2011: Winner – New Zealand
- 2015: Winner – New Zealand
But the All Blacks have proved beatable going into the World Cup. Ireland beat them at home, they suffered a record loss at the hands of the Aussies, and drew with South Africa. England pushed them close, as did Argentina too. Glass half-full folk argue they were mixing their game up. Others say there are enough big teams in the tournament that one will knock the All Blacks out.
Second in the Betway odds is England, at 4/1. They will have to get out of what is being called the pool of death first – facing France, Argentina, USA and Tonga. But England is a huge, physical team capable of dominating any opponent. Get the defense right, and tight, and England could be the team that does for the All Blacks in the semis.
The Springboks are third in Betways odds, coming in at 9/2. Drawn in the same group as the All Blacks means they won’t meet them again unless both make the final. Handre Pollard and Eben Etzebeth will need to be on top form. Remember, too, that in the run up to the World Cup, they are unbeaten against a southern hemisphere side, and their pace and power could see them go all the way.
Matched at 9/1 with Betway are Ireland and Wales, while the Aussies are almost an outsider at 16/1. Ireland ihave beaten the All Blacks two out of the last three meetings between the pair, while Wales became the top-ranked team in the world in 2019. Put simply, don’t bet your house that the All Blacks are going to victorious here.