With the 2015 Rugby World Cup having gotten off to a wonderful start, it will be interesting to see how the teams shape up in the second week. Check out the Rugby World Cup betting tips for the 2015 edition in this article.
New Zealand, the holders are the favourites going into the tournament, but at around 13/10, are they good value for money?
In truth, the All Blacks can never be discounted from any match or competition in which they compete, but they have never managed to win the World Cup outside of their own country, which they managed in 1987 and 2011.
They have also looked vulnerable over the past 9-10 months, although they have managed to keep winning matches, apart from the recent Rugby Championship decider against Australia. With the easiest of the qualifying pools, they will almost certainly reach at least the semi-finals.
England are the hosts and second favourites going into the tournament, with their price hovering around the 9/2 mark.
Rugby World Cup betting tips for 2015:
Wales v Fiji betting tips:
George North to be anytime scorer: 1/1
France v Canada betting tips:
France to win by 31-40 points (10/3) or 41-50 points (1/1)
New Zealand v Georgia betting tips:
New Zealand to win both halves: 1/50
Samoa v Japan betting tips:
Samoa to win: 1/3
South Africa v Scotland betting tips:
South Africa to win by 1-10 points: 13/5
England v Australia betting tips:
Australia to win by 1-7 points: 7/2
Ireland v Italy betting tips:
Ireland to lead at half-time: 2/9
They should expect to present a powerful challenge, and no one will want to meet the hosts along the way. However, it would appear that their best chance of claiming the title that they won for the only time in 2003 in Sydney, will depend on winning the “Group of Death”. With Wales and Australia in the Pool, even qualification is far from assured.
However, finishing top, with probably mean a quarter-final against Scotland and a semi-final against Ireland. Finish second and it could be South Africa and New Zealand.
Ireland have moved up to second place in the IRBs rankings, and yet are priced at somewhere around 8/1 to win the Cup.
This is surely based purely on their performances at previous tournaments, where they have yet to play in a semi-final. Winners of the last two 6-Nations tournaments, the Irish have found a limited but effective and winning game plan under coach Joe Schmidt, based very much on a kick and chase strategy.
Their tournament-defining game, could be their Pool D clash with France in Cardiff, with the losers almost certain to face the All Blacks in the quarter-finals. Beaten by England at Twickenham last year, they may find themselves subject to the same outcome at the semi-final stage.
South Africa are third favourites at around 11/2, and won the trophy in 2007, the last time it was staged in Europe. But a disappointing Rugby Championship, in which they were defeated in all three games, may have left them shorn of confidence.
They should breeze through a Pool, where Samoa and Scotland will provide the stiffest opposition, but with England, Australia or Wales waiting in the last eight, that may be the end of the Springbok journey in 2015.
Australia at 8/1 may have looked like extremely inviting odds, following their win against the All Blacks two weeks ago in Sydney, a result that clinched the Rugby Championship. But last week they were thumped and outclassed by the same opponents in Auckland, and the jury remains out, concerning their chances of lifting a third world title.
Wales at 14/1 and France at 18/1 are both capable of springing surprises and beating any of the other sides. However, whether they have the strength in depth , to mount a challenge over the course of the competition is doubtful, France should make the quarter-finals at least, however, Wales may find themselves eliminated at the Pool stage by England and Australia.
Latest Rugby World Cup 2015 Betting Odds here:
New Zealand: 11/10
South Africa: 8/1
JP Pietersen: 8/1
Ben Smith: 14/1
To Reach The Final:
New Zealand: 4/7
South Africa: 10/3