Rugby World Cup 2019 Winner Betting Tips - Springboks set for third World Cup title in Japan

All Blacks domination to come to a crushing end
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South Africa have had the better of New Zealand over the last two years and are tipped for World Cup glory (Getty Images)

Rugby World Cup 2019 Winner Betting Tips, Free Bets & Betting Sites

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is the ninth edition of the tournament and first to be hosted outside the traditional rugby nations. The inaugural Rugby World Cup took place in 1987 and New Zealand claimed the William Webb Ellis trophy in front of their home crowd.

Since then the Rugby World Cup has been held every four years. It has largely been dominated by Southern Hemisphere sides with England being the odd exception, winning it in 2003 in Australia.

New Zealand enter the 2019 showpiece event as favourites as they have every Rugby World Cup. But this year promises to be the most open World Cup yet with Wales taking the World No. 1 spot off the All Blacks just a week ago. Ireland could still claim the position ahead of the World Cup kick off.

Most of the squads have been announced with a few surprises but barring injury, all the big names will be present. The pool stages have some mouth-watering clashes and we’ll be sure to search deep for every bit of value.

Little has changed with the main contenders all on course to reach the finals as we head into the quarter-final stage.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Winner Betting Odds

New Zealand are still clear favourites closely followed by the vastly improved South Africa and England. Wales are given a chance but Ireland and Australia have drifted in the outright winner betting market.

France and hosts Japan are rank outsiders and not expected to reach the semi-finals. Odds from bet365 and correct on 8 October 2019:

New Zealand2.10
South Africa4.33
Source: bet365

Rugby World Cup 2019 Top Contenders

New Zealand

The All Blacks have dominated world rugby for as long as the game has been professional and have claimed the World Cup on three occasions. For a while after their 1987 victory on home soil they were subject to numerous upsets, most notably at the hands of France.

But in 2011 they broke the curse on home soil again and then won the 2015 event in England. Coming into the tournament they are outright favourites but their 2019 form has been poor by their standards while 2018 wasn’t much better despite winning the 2018 Rugby Championship.

In 2018 they lost at home to South Africa and were lucky to avenge that defeat a couple of weeks later in Pretoria. The All Blacks also lost to Ireland and were very fortunate against England. In 2019 they lost in Australia, struggled against Argentina and drew with South Africa.

They are going for a hat-trick of World Cup titles and are arguably still the team to beat, but the last couple of years suggest they are losing some of their previous dominance.

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New Zealand are favourites to claim their third successive Rugby World Cup title (Getty Images)

South Africa

The vast improvement the Springboks have made since the appointment of Rassie Erasmus as head coach has been immense. They beat the All Blacks in New Zealand last year and then drew with the New Zealand this year. 

Recent form suggests that no side at the World Cup will want to face the Springboks. I believe they offer the best value to go all the way at the World Cup.

South Africa have won the World Cup on two previous occasions (1995 & 2007) and I am backing them to make it a third title this time around.


Eddie Jones took over the reigns as England coach after their catastrophic home World Cup performance in 2015 where they failed to get through the group stage. His initial impact was positive as England went on to win the Six Nations and Grand Slam with a record number of victories. 

2018 was less impressive and there were even calls for Jones to get the sack but the board stuck with him and they are now reaping the benefits. England are starting to look like the force they were two years ago.

Despite not winning the 2019 Six Nations I believe they are the best all-round Northern Hemisphere team. They find themselves in the group of death with Argentina and France but they should top it barring any massive blow-out. 

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Eddie Jones has England back to playing near their best ahead of the World Cup (Getty Images)

2019 Rugby World Cup Outsiders


Heading into 2019 I had Ireland nailed on to be my tip for their first ever World Cup win. They are the only side to have beaten New Zealand twice since 2016 but their 2019 form has had me simmer my aspirations.

The 2019 Six Nations did not go according to plan after winning the Grand Slam in 2018. They finished third behind England and champions Wales. Injuries have taken its toll but fly-half Johnny Sexton is sure to be fit and could lift their spirits. 

I still believe they are a strong outsider but will have to get past New Zealand in the quarter final. 


Wales are world No. 1 at the time of writing but are still only considered an outsider. Their semi-final defeat to France in 2011 remains their best finish at the World Cup. Head coach Warren Gatland will end his 12-year tenure after the World Cup but he has taken Wales from tough opposition to proper contenders.

My concern for Wales is if they are capable of winning three must-win games in a row. Australia are in the same group and that clash may determine which team progresses to the semi-final as the loser will more than likely play England in the quarter-final.


The Wallabies can never be discounted even though their form over the last two years says they should be. But the Aussies have World Cup pedigree with two World Cup trophies (1991 & 1999) while they have been the runner-up on two other occasions (2003 & 2015).

Australia’s win over the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship will give the nation hope but the following week they got hammered by the same opponents 36-0. They will ask serious questions of any top teams but I cannot see them beating Wales in the group and then going through three big knockout games unbeaten.


France are the best non-winners of the World Cup having made the final in 1987, 1999, 2011 and made the semi-final on a further three occasions. Japan have done a great job to reach the quarter-finals for the first time but have a tough task against South Africa.

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South Africa are unbeaten in four games in 2019 (Getty Images)

2019 Rugby World Cup Key Stats

  • South Africa are unbeaten their 4 matches in 2019.
  • South Africa won the 2019 Rugby Championship ahead of Australia and New Zealand.
  • New Zealand have lost to South Africa, Ireland and Australia over the last two years.
  • Ireland finished 3rd in the 2019 Six Nations.

2019 Rugby World Cup Betting Tips


South Africa won the 2019 Rugby Championship and are the form side in 2019. I’m tipping the Springboks to claim the William Webb Ellis trophy.

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Best Bet: South Africa Win @ 4.33 at bet365 - 5 Units

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