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International Rugby Tips

Rugby betting tips

One of the most popular sports in the world, Rugby Union is a game of physical power, searing pace, and extreme skill, with only the very best players gracing the top club and international teams. With the massive hits and scintillating tries, Rugby is not a game that needs added excitement, such is the enjoyment that can be gleaned from it. However, putting a bet on your favourite team to score first can give good value, while backing the opposition side to win can at least offer some solace if your side are to lose. 

Can I bet In-Play on Rugby?

Like football, rugby has constantly changing markets. There are a number of ways that points can be scored, while any of the 30 players on the pitch can cross the line to score which means that it is not as straightforward as backing the top scoring winger to score first, with a player as unsuspecting as a prop able to crash over the line after running onto a pop-pass from two metres out. 

As with any sport, there is often good money to be made on backing the Match Winner. So if you think that struggling Northampton have it in them to topple leaders Exeter Chiefs in their next game then they can be backed before the match, or during the game, if you have a gut feeling that they can overturn the 20 point deficit they face.

Backing the winning team may not be your preference though, and there are a number of markets you could back that take some more specialist knowledge, or luck. Markets such as first scoring play, half-time winning margin, or whether the first try will be converted are on offer, while you can even bet on whether the total amount of points that will be scored will be odd or even. 

What levels of Rugby Union are there?

There are two different levels of Rugby Union, with international rugby and club rugby the main types. While international rugby is the bigger of the two, club rugby is not a format that can be accused of being boring, with some of the most exciting games often player out at club level.

What is International Rugby?

It does not get much more exciting than two heavyweights of the rugby world going head-to-head. New Zealand currently lead the way as far as ability goes, with the All Blacks at the top of the pile for some time now. Behind them, the likes of Ireland, England and Australia are looking to close the gap between themselves and the top, while Wales, France, Scotland, South Africa, Argentina and Italy make up the rest of the elite nations.

What is the World Cup?

The World Cup is the biggest competition in rugby bar none. All of the best international teams in the world come together to fight for the Webb Ellis Cup in a festival of the very best rugby has to offer. The tournament is played out with groups of four teams playing each other once, with the top two from each group progressing to the knock-out stages, before one side is crowned the champions after winning the final.

The current holders are New Zealand after they outlasted every other side in the competition and defeated Australia in the final. Prior to this, it was New Zealand once again that won the 2011 World Cup in their own backyard. Away from the All Blacks, the only northern-hemisphere side to have ever won the World Cup is England back in 2003, with Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal in extra-time to put his team 20-17 up etched into rugby folklore for eternity. 

Even though New Zealand have had a hold on the game for some years, there are still a number of outstanding teams in the world, with England, Ireland and Australia all very good, while Wales and Scotland seem to be building towards something special following encouraging 2018 Six Nations' campaigns. With all the teams evolving, it makes the build up and eventual furore of the World Cup in Japan in 2019 itself all the more exciting.

What is the Six Nations?

The top competitions at international level away from the World Cup see the northern and southern teams split into their own tournaments. For the northern-hemisphere, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Scotland and Italy contest the Six Nations. Each team plays five games with one nation coming out as the winner of the Championship. The victor can also win the 'Grand Slam', which is awarded to the side that is able to go unbeaten throughout the tournament, while England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland battle to win the 'Triple Crown', which is won by the British side that can beat the other three British nations. Ireland are the current Grand Slam champions, after defeating all other five sides, which included a very impressive win over reigning champions England at Twickenham to secure the triumph in style.

What is the Rugby Championship?

The southern-hemisphere teams battle it out in the Rugby Championship, which is a competition including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina. New Zealand have been at the pinnacle for some years now and, as the best team in the world, they usually lay the foundation for their continued domination by winning the Rugby Championship. New Zealand are the reigning champions in the Rugby Championship following their clean-sweep in the 2017 edition of tournament as they stamped their authority on the southern-hemisphere once again. 

Can England play New Zealand outside of a World Cup?

The Northern and southern-hemisphere teams are not solely confined to playing their neighbours unless at a World Cup, with tours of different countries common. Once club rugby has finished for the summer, the northern-hemisphere teams will go on tour to play the likes of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and others. In the autumn, the favour is returned as the souther-hemisphere sides tour the north, with a number of very exciting and hard-fought games ensuing. These matches are always a very good barometer of where a side is in the world, although games against New Zealand away from home quite often lead to more anguish than they do confidence building.

What is club Rugby?

Club Rugby is played across all the major countries and, like football, provides viewers with a weekly binge of hard-hitting and fast paced action. England's Premiership, France's Top-14, and Scotland, Wales and Ireland's Pro-14 bring a glut of games that pits a nations top teams against one another.

The Champions Cup, which is the top competition in Europe and rugby's equivalent of the Champions League in football, and the Challenge Cup, which is the secondary competition meaning it is akin to the Europa League, sees sides from England, France, Scotland, Wales and Italy split into groups before playing each-other as they battle to be crowned the best side in Europe. 

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