Rugby Union Betting Tips

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Rugby Union is a popular global sport with club and international competitions played all year round. The Rugby World Cup is one of the most watch sporting events with interest coming from every continent.

World Rugby is the governing body for rugby union with more than 100 countries as full members. Betting on Rugby Union is extremely popular with live streaming allowing people to watch anywhere they have an internet connection.

Rugby Union Betting FAQ

How can I bet on Rugby Union?

You can bet on Rugby Union with every major online bookmaker. Choose the competition, match, betting market, make a pick and select your stake.

How do you win a Rugby Union bet?

Win a Rugby Union bet by making a selection that is successful. Betting responsibly will help your chances of making a profit betting on rugby over a long period of time.

How can I win on Rugby Union accumulators?

The best way to win on Rugby Union accumulators is to keep it simple and minimise the number of legs. A maximum of two or three selections in a rugby accumulator will increase your chances of hitting more winners.

How do you make good Rugby Union predictions?

Make good Rugby Union predictions by doing research, analysis and studying stats and trends. Look for value in the betting markets and find the best rugby betting market for your prediction.

Rugby Union Bet of the Day

Check our bet of the day that often features a tip from a Rugby Union match including popular markets such as winner, HT/FT, total points over/under and tryscorer.

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Get Rugby Union free bets when you sign up for a new sports betting account with an online bookmaker. Existing customers can also get  Rugby Union free bets alongside special promotions such as odds boosts, enhanced odds and cash back.

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Rugby Union Live Streaming

The bet365 live streaming service is one of the best in the business and covers a wide range of Rugby Union competitions and tournaments. Here's how to stream Rugby Union live online:

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  • Visit bet365 > live streaming > rugby
  • When the live streaming window opens, select the Rugby Union match you want to watch.
  • Registered depositing users can watch & bet on Rugby Union.

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Rugby Union Betting Odds

There are many types of Rugby Union betting markets with different odds in each market. Getting the best Rugby Union betting odds is essential for finding value and having long term success betting on rugby.

Betting on Rugby Union 

There are many ways to bet on a game of rugby union. One thing to remember is that some bookmakers include extra time and some do not, so it pays to do your homework. 

There is a small chance of a draw if the scores are still level after extra time, but it doesn’t happen often enough to warrant too much consideration. 

Here are some of the most common types of betting markets: 

Head to Head

Also known as the win market, simply select which team you think will win the game. 


The line in rubgy union is simply a handicap. If the line is set at -9.5 against your team, they must win by 10 points or more for your bet to cash. 

Alternatively, if the line is +9.5 for your selected team, they must lose by 9 points or less for your bet to cash.

Total Match Points

The bookmaker will set a total number of combined points to be scored in the match, you select if the total will go over or under that number.

First Tryscorer

Predict which player will score the first try in a rugby match.

Anytime Tryscorer

Less risk than the first tryscorer bet, choose a player to score a try at anytime throughout the game.

Anytime Tryscorer & Match Winner

This is a combination of Head to Head and Anytime Tryscorer markets. Select a player to score a try anytime and his team to win, and if both selections are successful your bet is a winner.

Rugby Union International Competitions

The major annual international tournaments include the Rugby World Cup and Six Nations Championship between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. 

The Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere is contested by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

Rugby Union Club Competitions

Transnational club competitions include Super Rugby in the Southern Hemisphere and Japan, Pro14 in Europe and South Africa, and the European Rugby Champions Cup in Europe.

Other club competitions include the English Premiership, French Top 14, New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup and South African Currie Cup. 

Rugby Union Players

Some of the best rugby union players of all time include Zinzan Brooke, Gareth Edwards, Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson, Jonah Lomu, David Campese, Brian O’Driscoll, Michael Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Matt Giteau, Fourie du Preez, David Pocock, Owen Farrell, Brian O'Driscoll, Beauden Barrett, Dan Carter and Richie McCaw.

Rugby Union Highlights

Watcg rugby union highlights to catch up on all the action including tryscorers. Watching rugby highlights will give you a better understanding on how teams are playing if you can't watch the matches live.

Rugby Union News

Get all the latest Rugby Union news to stay up to date with teams, players and competitions. The World Rugby website has all the news in international competitions while each club competition will have specific websites.

Rugby Union Social Media

Follow Rugby Union on social media so you don't miss any important information concerning a competition or club. Players are increasingly active on social media so you can follow your favourite rugby player.

Rugby Union History

Rugby union originated in England alongside football around 1823. The first rules and laws of the game were written in 1845 and originally known as rugby football. International rugby union matches have taken place since 1871 when Scotland took on England in Edinburgh. 

In 1895 there was a split between rugby union and rugby league and the game of rugby union spread throughout the British Empire.
Countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and France have a strong affiliation with rugby union and it is an important national in countries such as Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Georgia and Madagascar.

Rugby union has influenced the formation of other sports including American football and Australian Rules. James Naismith, the man who invented basketball, played rugby at McGill University.

The Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987 in Australia and New Zealand and takes place every four years. The first World Cup Sevens tournament was held in 1993 with the Rugby Sevens introduced into the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and added to the Olympic Games since 2016.

Rugby union was an amateur sport until after the 1995 World Cup when payments to players were not restricted and the game became professional.