Rugby Union World Cup Betting Tips

The Rugby Union World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport for all countries and players. The tournament is held every four years and falls under the jurisdiction of World Rugby, the sports’ governing body.

The Webb Ellis Cup is given to the victorious team at the end of the tournament, named after William Webb Ellis who is credited with inventing the sport while at Rugby School in 1823 in the UK.

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be the 10th edition of the showpiece event and will be held in France, the second time the country has hosted the event. 20 teams will qualify and split into four pools with the top two progressing to the knockout rounds.

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You can take advantage of Rugby World Cup free bets with a number of online bookmakers when you open a new account. Existing customers may also be offered free bets so keep an eye out so that you can get your rugby bankroll up and running.

2023 Rugby World Cup Betting Odds


Three years out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup New Zealand are the current favourites to claim the prize. The defending champions, South Africa are second favourites but much can change over the next few years. If you’re confident it may be worth a punt now on your favourite as value is likely to decrease closer to the event.

Team
Odds
New Zealand2.75
South Africa4.50
England4.50
France7.00
Ireland11.00
Wales13.00
Australia15.00
Argentina41.00
Scotland67.00
Japan101.00
Fiji251.00
Italy751.00
Samoa1001.00
Tonga1001.00
USA1001.00
Romania1001.00
Georgia1001.00
Uruguay2001.00
Namibia2501.00
Russia2501.00
Spain2501.00
Canada2501.00
Source: betway

2023 Rugby World Cup Fixtures


The fixtures for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be announced closer to the time of the event. We should know by early 2021.

Where will the 2023 Rugby World Cup be played?


The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be hosted in France. It will be the second time France has hosted the completion after hosting it in 2007.

When is the 2023 Rugby World Cup?


The 2023 Rugby World Cup will kick off on 8 September 2023 and the final will take place on 21 October 2023.

When is the 2023 Rugby World Cup final?


The 2023 Rugby World Cup final will take place on 21 October 2023 at the Stade de France in Paris.

Which cities will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France?


A total of nine venues will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Stadium
City
Capacity
Stade de FranceParis80 698
Stade VelodromeMarseille67 394
Decines-CharpieuLyon59 186
Villeneuve-d'AscqLille50 157
Matmut AtlantiqueBordeaux42 115
Stade Geoffroy GuichardSaint-Etienne41 965
Allianz RivieraNice35 624
Stade de la BeaujoireNantes35 322
Stadium MunicipalToulouse33 150


What teams will contest the 2023 Rugby World Cup?


There will be a total of 20 teams that contest the 2023 Rugby World Cup. 12 have already been confirmed while eight others need to go through a qualification process.

  • South Africa
  • Japan
  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Argentina

What are the Pools for the 2023 Rugby World Cup?


The draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will take place on 20 November 2020. We will update you as soon as that draw is made.

Who has won the most Rugby World Cup titles?


New Zealand and South Africa have won three World Cup title each. That means six of the nine completed tournaments have gone to two nations. England (1) and Australia (2) are the other winners.

What took place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup?


The 2019 Rugby World Cup was hosted by Japan and turned out to be a massive success. With record attendances recorded interest in the country grew massively. South Africa beat England 32-12 in the final after England knocked favourites New Zealand out in the semi final.

Earlier in the competition New Zealand defeated South Africa in the pool stage which meant the Springboks became the first country to win the World Cup after losing a group stage game.

More exciting was perhaps the performance of the hosts, Japan. Japan went through the Pool phased undefeated, beating one of the favourites Ireland and another rugby powerhouse, Scotland on their way. Japan were eventually knocked out in the quarter final by South Africa.

Rugby World Cup Winners, Runners-Up, Score and Hosts


New Zealand and South Africa have both won the Rugby World Cup on three occasions. Below is a list of hosts, winners and runners-up.

Year
Winners
Runners-Up
Score
Hosts
Venue
Attendance
2019South AfricaEngland32-12JapanNissan Stadium70 103
2015New ZealandAustralia34-17EnglandTwickenham80 125
2011New ZealandFrance8-7New ZealandEden Park61 079
2007South AfricaEngland15-6FranceStade de France80 430
2003EnglandAustralia20-17AustraliaTelstra Stadium82 957
1999AustraliaFrance35-12England/WalesPrincipality Stadium72 500
1995South AfricaNew Zealand 15-12South AfricaEllis Park62 000
1991AustraliaEngland12-6EnglandTwickenham56 208
1987New ZealandFrance29-9New ZealandEden Park48 035


2023 Rugby World Cup favourites


Three years out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup and New Zealand are comfortable favourites. That said they have entered every previous Rugby World Cup as the favourites but have only claimed the title on three occasions.

2023 Rugby World Cup Fixtures


The 2023 Rugby World Cup fixtures will be concluded on 20 November 2020 after the draw is made.

Rugby World Cup World Cup Results


Stay up to date with all the latest Rugby World Cup results. Despite much promise from some nations they tend to fold when the World Cup comes around. Check previous World Cup results as much as you look for recent results and form.

Rugby World Cup Highlights


Rugby World Cup highlights should be checked regularly. This can give you insight into how teams have previously played at World Cup tournaments. There are numerous YouTube channels that offer highlights of most games.

Rugby World Cup News


Be sure to follow reliable sources when looking for your Rugby World Cup news. The World Rugby website is always a good place to go, while all nations have plenty of trusted news options available.

Rugby World Cup Social Media


Stay in touch with all your Rugby World Cup news and events by following the following accounts.


Rugby World Cup Twitter – twitter.com/rugbyworldcup
Rugby World Cup Facebook – facebook.com/rugbyworldcup
Rugby World Cup Instagram - instagram.com/rugbyworldcup

Rugby World Cup History


The first edition of the Rugby World Cup took place in 1987, hosted by New Zealand. It was also won by New Zealand when they beat France 29-9 at Eden Park. Much like the 1991 Rugby World Cup the tournament took place before the professional era.

Due to apartheid South Africa could not attend the first two World Cup tournaments. They are largely seen as the best side in the world, or at the very least, the only side that could match the mighty All Blacks.

That was however chucked out the window in 1991 when Australia beat England 12-6 in the final at Twickenham. As 1995 approached South Africa’s government was removed and they were back on the international circuit.

South Africa did not only host the 1995 showpiece event but also won it, beating New Zealand 15-12 in the final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The game also became professional in 1995 which meant rugby went to a whole new sphere over the next decade. 1999 was won by Australia in England before England claimed the title in Australia in 2003. 2007 saw South Africa march to the title in France while New Zealand eventually won it again in 2011 when they hosted it for the second time.

New Zealand had been the best team in the world for years and went into each World Cup as favourites, bar maybe 2003 when England won it. After numerous surprise exits from World Cup’s New Zealand defended their 2011 title in 2015 at Twickenham.

But it was not to be a hat-trick of titles as England upset New Zealand in the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi final. South Africa eventually beat England 32-12 in the 2019 final in Yokohama, Japan.

Japan was the first tournament to be hosted by a country other than what is considered the big rugby nations. 2023 will see France host their second World Cup after beating South Africa to the hosting rights by one vote.

2023 Rugby Union World Cup FAQ

When is the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will take place from 8 September to 21 October 2023.

What is the Rugby Union World Cup?

The Rugby Union World Cup is an international men's rugby union tournament that takes place every four years. 20 teams compete for the Webb Ellis Cup, the pinnacle of the international sport.

Where is the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 2023 Rugby Union World Cup will take place France.

How many teams will play in the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup?

There will be 20 teams at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. 12 have already been confirmed while eight others still need to go through the qualifying process.

Who won the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

South Africa beat England 32-12 in the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Yokohama. It was South Africa's third World Cup title.

When is the final of the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup?

The final of the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup will be played on 21 October 2023.

When is the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup draw?

The 2023 Rugby Union World Cup draw will take place on 20 November 2020.

Who has won the most Rugby Union World Cup titles?

New Zealand and South Africa have won three Rugby World Cup titles each. England have won once and Australia twice - no other nation has claimed the title.

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