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