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England 7/2 to go one better at Rugby World Cup 2023

Ben Darvill 4 Nov 2019
England's captain Owen Farrell was unable to lead his team to World Cup glory (credit:Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

South Africa defeated England on Saturday in the Rugby World Cup final to snare their third World Cup success whilst dashing England's hopes of picking the trophy up for a second time. 

England suffered a heartbreaking defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday as their superb run to the final of the tournament came to a grinding halt at the hands of a massively physical Springbok side. 

Eddie Jones’ men were unable to hit the heights of their semi-final against New Zealand the week before as South Africa engaged the Red Rose in an arm wrestle of epic proportions. In truth, it was the set piece that ultimately won the game for the new world champions as their scrum yielded a huge amount of penalties whilst also regularly shunting England backwards. With time in the second-half running out and England needing points to get back into the contest they attempted to open the game up, but this only saw South African wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe go over for tries in the game to seal England’s fate. 

While the players and fans will be hugely disappointed about the outcome of a game that many seemed to have already written off as an England win, they should all be immensely proud of their rugby side who knocked out double reigning world champions New Zealand on their way to the final. 

While the futures of some of the players and management is up for debate, what is not in doubt is how much higher this England side can go. With many of their standout performers in Maro Itoje, Sam Underhill and Tom Curry all still very young, this England team has a lot of time to improve still, and bookmaker Paddy Power are already taking bets on who will finish France 2023 with the trophy in hand, with England currently second-favourites at 7/2, behind only New Zealand who are, as usual, the team to beat at 7/4. New world champions South Africa come into the betting at the same price as England, while hosts France are available at 8/1. 

Paddy Power - 2023 Rugby World Cup Winners Selected Betting Odds:

New Zealand - 7/4

England - 7/2

South Africa - 7/2

France - 8/1

Ireland - 12/1

Wales - 12/1

Australia - 14/1 

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