Rugby World Cup 2019 Name The Finalists Betting Tips - South Africa and New Zealand favoured to reach the final

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South Africa and Wales are both in great form and are tipped to face each other in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final (Getty Images)

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth event of its sort after New Zealand hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1987. 2019 has been labelled as the most open Rugby World Cup ever and it is hard to argue. 

New Zealand go in as outright favourites to win the William Webb Ellis trophy for the third time running and a fourth time overall. The reemergence of South Africa has thrown a massive spanner in the works. Since the appointment of Rassie Erasmus as head coach things have turned and they now enter the World Cup as second favourites behind only New Zealand.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Name The Finalists Betting Odds


Bookmakers still have South Africa vs New Zealand the most likely finalists at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand feature in five of the top six likely outcomes in the betting market. 

England v South Africa has shortened from 8.50 to 5.00 and South Africa vs Ireland have halved in the betting odds from 26.00 to 13.00. Wales vs Ireland is another potential World Cup final where the odds have come in from 51.00 to 23.00.

Odds from bet365 and correct on 9 October 2019:

2019 Rugby World Cup Finalists Odds
South Africa vs New Zealand
2.62
Wales vs New Zealand 4.50
England vs South Africa 5.00
England vs Wales 8.00
New Zealand vs France 10.00
South Africa vs Ireland 13.00
England vs France 19.00
Australia vs South Africa 17.00
Wales vs Ireland 23.00
Japan vs New Zealand 26.00
Australia vs Wales 31.00
Source: bet365

South Africa 2019 Form


It has been a shortened international season for the Southern Hemisphere sides due to it being a World Cup year. The usual June internationals never took place and the 2019 Rugby Championship was reduced to one round of fixtures.

The Springboks' improvement started in 2018 with a 2-1 series victory over England before beating Australia and Argentina at home. The highlight of their season was no doubt the 38-36 victory over the All Blacks in Wellington.

In 2019 the Springboks are unbeaten as they head into their final warm-up game against Japan prior to the World Cup. Their season started with a 35-17 victory over Australia at Newlands before getting a credible 16-all draw in Wellington against the All Blacks.

The Springboks confirmed themselves as Rugby Championship champions by beating Argentina 46-13 away from home. A second string Springboks then beat Argentina in a warm-up match 24-18 at Loftus Versfeld.

New Zealand vs South Africa
The Springboks have performed well against World Cup favourites New Zealand over the past two years are tipped to top Pool B ahead of their rivals (Getty Images)

Wales 2019 Form


Wales went into 2019 knowing that it would be the last year of coach Warren Gatland’s 12-year tenure. The New Zealander has had a massive impact on Welsh rugby and took them to No.1 in the world recently.

The year got off to a perfect start as Wales claimed the Six Nations title without suffering defeat. This means they also claimed the Grand Slam by beating Ireland, England and Scotland. Going into the World Cup it is hard to argue their credentials and I believe they will surpass their previous best achievement of reaching the semi final in 2011.

Wales are 5th favourite at 10.00 to win the World Cup outright while at 1.72 they sound like a good bet to finish top of their pool above Australia.

Barring injury I believe Wales have a great chance of reaching the final. At the last World Cup Wales had horrid luck on the injury front as they suffered up to 13 to first and second choice players.

South Africa Route to the Final


South Africa find themselves in Pool B with World Cup favourites New Zealand. The opening match of the pool will be between these two sides although regardless of the result, both are likely to progress.

The Springboks have produced enough good performances against the All Blacks to convince me they can get the crucial win. That means they will top the group and are likely to play Scotland who should finish below Ireland in Pool A. Scotland have only beaten the South Africa twice in their last 16 matches (2002 & 2010).

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland has been with Wales for 12 years and will want to go out on a high after leading them to No.1 in the world (Getty Images)

Rugby World Cup Name The Finalists Key Statistics


  • South Africa are unbeaten in 4 matches in 2019.
  • South Africa are won the 2019 Rugby Championship.
  • South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup on 2 previous occasions (1995 & 2007).

Verdict

The two form teams of 2019 are undoubtedly South Africa and Wales. Only one is likely to meet New Zealand in the final and I am tipping South Africa to get it done.

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Best Bet: SA v NZ Final @ 3.00 at bet365 - 3 Units

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