Rugby World Cup Betting

Browse all the latest odds for the Rugby World Cup, with outright and in-play markets available at BetUK throughout the tournament.

Some of the biggest games within the group and knockout stages will see top international teams from across the globe compete for the most prestigious award in Rugby. In total, 16 teams will be divided across four groups, with the top two teams of each qualifying for the knockout stages of the finals.

The knockout stages of the competition will begin with the quarter-finals, slowly progressing to the grand final to decide the overall winner of the Rugby World Cup, not to be confused with the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which is another big competition on the stage of world rugby.

Rugby World Cup Odds

Rugby League World Cup betting covers odds for outright and in-play betting markets, providing an extensive range of betting options from correct scores to individual try scorers.

2023 Rugby World Cup Betting

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is one of the most interesting competitions of the year. Held in Paris, France, there is an insatiable appetite for the hosts to succeed. Particularly with the hosts taking arguably one of their biggest rivals in New Zealand on the opening day. 

The best way to bet on the Rugby World Cup is by betting on the different pools, also known as group stages in other sports. There are four pools in the competition and each one has a unique clash that sparks debate when looking at the betting odds. 

Pool A has the fantastic clash between France and New Zealand, the winner of that should win the group.

Pool B has three of the top five ranked teams in the world face-off with South Africa, Ireland and Scotland. 

Pool C has Wales and Australia, two teams that could look to defy the odds and reach the latter stages of the competition. Could Fiji put a dent in their plans?

Pool D has an out of form England team up against Argentina, Japan and Samoa. Very few are backing England to perform well at the tournament and we could see them even drop out in the pool stage.

Betting on England to win the Rugby World Cup

If you said to punters during the Summer, England could win the World Cup, few would have believed you and now it looks even more unlikely. They sit at 14/1 for those interested in betting on England to win the Rugby World Cup; however, four wins in their last 15 games has led to fans believing an early exit is potentially more profitable than success. 

Realistically, England should have enough to make it out of the group, if they can beat Argentina, they should top the group. Regardless, they will likely face Wales or Australia in the next round and despite recent form, they are both winnable fixtures. The major doubt for England would come in the next rounds, where the likes of France, New Zealand and Ireland may await. It is at this stage where, given England’s form, they would almost certainly be eliminated from the competition. Instead of backing England for World Cup glory, a semi-final exit looks more likely.

Rugby World Cup Top Try Scorer Betting Odds

If you’re backing a team for success at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, it’s likely that you’ll want to follow that up with a top try scorer bet alongside this. The more games a team plays, the more tries they should accumulate - theoretically. France and New Zealand sit as the early favourites to win the tournament and naturally, their players sit at the top of the top try scorer odds. 

Top Try Scorer is also a bet that should be analysed if a team is playing against teams significantly lower down the rankings than themselves. For example, in 2023, New Zealand and France both face off against minnows Uruguay and Namibia, the top try scorer award could be won by big performances in these two games alone. Meanwhile, for teams who have a tougher group and will likely have lower scoring games, they won’t be suited for the betting market.

Rugby World Cup Player of the Tournament Odds

Similar to the Top Try Scorer betting market, this is one that will likely be paired in a double with the outright winner market. If a team looks likely to win the competition or at least make the latter stages, their star players are the best bets for this award. 

The difference between this market and the Top Try Scorer market is that the range of players who could win it is significantly larger. Just because a player scores the most tries, doesn’t mean that they will automatically be the Player of the Tournament. 

Team Betting Markets the Rugby World Cup

Another variation of betting market that appears during the Rugby World Cup is the ‘team specific’ markets. These are where teams are divided into sections and the top performing team will win that bet. These are just some of the options available below.

Top Rugby Championship Team: Bet on which of the four teams will perform best during the competition. New Zealand, South Africa, Australia or Argentina.

Top Six Nations Team: Bet on which of the Six Nations teams will perform best, they are France, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and Italy.

Top Northern Hemisphere Team: Bet on the teams in the Northern Hemisphere, this includes the likes of France, Japan, Georgia and teams within the United Kingdom.

Top Southern Hemisphere Team: Bet on the teams in the Southern Hemisphere, this includes the likes of New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay amongst others.

Tournament Progress By Team: You can bet on when any of the teams in the competition will be eliminated. With Group Stage, Quarter Final, Semi Final, Runner Up and Winner as the options provided. 

Team Pool Position: Bet on where a team will finish in their opening pool from 1st to last, all positions are available to bet on.

Outright Rugby World Cup Odds

Ahead of the group stage getting underway, you can predict which teams you believe will make it through to the knockout stages of the competition. Selecting an outright winner of groups can also be done when browsing the outright betting markets for the Rugby World Cup.

When it comes to individual games throughout the tournament, there is a range of betting types for selecting the result of a match. From handicap betting to over/under betting, these bet types can offer different odds to the standard bet on which team will win the game.

Handicaps are used for matches in the Rugby World Cup when there is a clear favourite. The handicap will improve the payout odds as the underdog can start the match with a certain point advantage, meaning a team must win by a wider margin to overcome that advantage.

The Rugby World Cup is a competitive competition, and tight games are common. If you can't decide which team will have the winning edge, you can make a prediction on how many points they will score. Over/under betting lets you predict that Team A will score over or under the specified points.

In-Play Match Betting at Rugby World Cup

If you're a fan of rugby and you're looking to place a bet on the upcoming Rugby World Cup, you can find more specific selections with in-play betting that allow you to follow the games live before taking your pick.

The World Cup is the trophy event of international Rugby making it a highly anticipated event in the calendar. Once the games arrive, our online sportsbook will have the live odds for certain events to happen in a game.

From individual player bets to team-specific events, in-play betting has a wide possibility of events covered.

Throughout the Rugby World Cup, you can track the performances of individual players to find out who the best performers are and how likely they are to make certain plays. For example, if you're considering a bet for a player to score the next try, you should be aware of the likelihood of that player receiving the ball and carrying it over the line. Some prefer in-play betting, as you can watch the game live to get a better understanding for bets such as this.

If you prefer to bet on teams, you can also find live betting odds for the events, such as the next team to score, the team to win after full-time and more.

How to bet on the Rugby World Cup

Whether you're looking to place a bet ahead of the competition starting or whilst it is running, our online sportsbook has odds available so you can make your predictions.

To place a bet, select the prediction you would like to make, along with the stake you would like to wager. Outright bets can be made ahead of the tournament, whilst in-play bets can only be determined during the games. For any selections during the tournament, the odds are likely to be updated, which can lead to enhanced odds, but there is also the possibility that odds are decreased.

Rugby World Cup FAQs

Where is the Rugby World Cup?

The location of the Rugby World Cup changes with each tournament, and the next host is set to be France. The final game is to be held at the Stade de France.

Which country has won the most Rugby World Cups?

Regarding the most successful side, New Zealand and South Africa are among the elite, having won the most titles. South Africa have won three times in seven attempts, making them the most successful nation at the tournament. You can find them at 7/2 to secure another victory in 2023.

How many countries are in the Rugby World Cup?

For each tournament, there are a total of sixteen nations that make it to the finals. These teams will compete in group stages, and knockout matches to progress their way to the final and be in with a chance to win the trophy.

Who are the favourites for the 2023 World Cup?

Hosts France are the pre-tournament favourites, they are widely predicted to top their group and potentially play New Zealand in the final, making the final game the same as the opening game. Both New Zealand and France sat at 3/1 in the betting odds before the opening game.

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