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Rugby World Cup Predictions And Betting Tips

Keep up to date with all of the 2019 Rugby World action with BettingPro as we will be covering all of the games in rugby's biggest tournament.

2019 Rugby World Cup Betting Tips

With the World Cup now a matter of weeks away, the rugby superpowers across the world are beginning to up their preparations for the tournament, with fine tuning of squads and skills absolutely vital to every side looking to win the tournament, or just put in an above-par performance. 

The build-up to the competition in Japan sees the southern hemisphere sides taking on each other in the Rugby Championship, while England, Wales and Ireland are all in action against one another. One of the battles of the warm-up matches sees old enemies England take on Wales, with the reigning Six Nations and Grand Slam winners Wales looking to build upon one trophy with the main attraction well within their reach later in the year. The Welsh looked excellent across the tournament, with a battling win over England closely followed by an incredibly easy win against Ireland as Warren Gatland’s men displayed their class with yet another Grand Slam. Their fantastic output in 2018 means we are tipping them to make it to the final.

Up against them we are predicting to see perennial finalists New Zealand taking the second berth. The All Blacks may have edged to a win over Argentina before drawing with South Africa at the Rugby Championship, but irrespective of the result against Australia, we would still expect the All Blacks to peak at the World Cup. Looking for a phenomenal triple of World Cup triumphs, we think the best side in the world will take on the northern hemisphere’s best outfit in what would be a titanic clash at the showpiece event. 

2019 Rugby World Cup Top Try Scorer

We are currently spoiled for top quality scorers on the international stage with both northern and southern hemisphere sides boasting some incredible talent. For the north, hopes will be pinned upon George North of Wales, Jonny May of England and Jacob Stockdale of Ireland, while South Africa’s Cheslin Kolbe will tickle the fancy of many top try scorer bettors, with the fleet-footed star proving incredibly tough to stop when he has the ball in hand. However, our pick for top try scorer dons the black of New Zealand, with winger Rieko Ioane looking to set the world alight once again. 22 tries in 25 appearances for the All Blacks is an outrageous total and he will look to use his pace and tricky feet to confound the opposition, and we feel that with New Zealand likely to go far in the tournament, Ioane will get a decent amount of game time. Other picks to be the likely top scorer include the aforementioned May and Kolbe, but we feel that Ioane, looking to spearhead his countries charge for a third-straight World Cup crown, will feature prominently in the try scoring charts. 

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Best Bookmakers For Betting On The Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is the biggest tournament in rugby, and that means that there is no shortage of bookmakers that offer the chance to place bets on the tournament. However, when there are as many potential websites as there are, it can be confusing to find the right one that offers the most competitive odds and best services. 

At Bettingpro, we offer advice on what bets you should place on the Rugby World Cup, while we also offer advice on which bookmaker you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

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What Is The Rugby World Cup?

The Rugby World Cup is the biggest event in rugby bar none. All of the best rugby nations from around the world are brought together to battle it out for the Webb Ellis Cup, with the victor emerging from a gruelling run of games that tests every single facet of the victor.

The usual suspects at the World Cup include southern-hemisphere giants New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, while northern hemisphere sides include England, Wales, Ireland, France and Scotland. This is the very pinnacle of rugby, with the dream of every single player to represent their country at the World Cup, and perhaps even lift the famous trophy aloft. 

Rugby World Cup 2019

The latest instalment of the World Cup will take place in Japan in 2019 as the nation will go rugby mad from September to early November. While this tournament will give them the chance to take a few scalps and show the world what they can do, they are not likely to secure a more pulsating or impressive win as in the 2015 World Cup in England where they defeated South Africa 34-32 with a last gasp try that saw the stadium rocking, with more than one Japanese fan reduced to tears of joy and disbelief. 

This time around they will have the honour of opening the tournament against Romania on September 20th as they host the biggest teams and the most skilful players in the world. 

2019 World Cup Pool A Fixtures

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
Friday, September 20th -11:45 Japan vs Romania Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Sunday, September 22nd - 08:45Ireland vs Scotland International Stadium, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City
Tuesday, September 24th - 11:15Romania vs Play-Off Winner Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City
Saturday, September 28th - 08:15 Japan vs Ireland Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture 
Monday, September 30th - 11:15 Scotland vs Play-Off Winner Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City 
Thursday, October 3rd - 11:15 Ireland vs Romania Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City 
Saturday, October 5th - 11:30 Japan vs Play-Off Winner City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City 
Wednesday, October 9th - 08:15Scotland vs Romania Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture 
Saturday, October 12th - 11:45 Ireland vs Play-Off WinnerHakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City 
Sunday, October 13th - 11:45 Japan vs Scotland International Stadium, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City 

2019 World Cup Pool B Fixtures

Date - Time Match Event Venue 
Saturday, September 21st - 10:45 New Zealand vs South Africa International Stadium, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City 
Sunday, September 22nd - 06:15 Italy vs Africa 1Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City 
Thursday, September 26th - 08:45 Italy vs Repechage Winner Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City 
Saturday, September 28th - 10:45 South Africa vs Africa 1City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City 
Wednesday, October 2nd - 11:15 New Zealand vs Repechage Winner Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture 
Friday, October 4th - 10:45 South Africa vs Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture 
Sunday, October 6th - 05:45 New Zealand vs Africa 1 Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo 
Tuesday, October 8th - 11:15 South Africa vs Repechage Winner Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City 
Saturday, October 12th - 05:45 New Zealand vs Italy City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City 
Sunday, October 13th - 04:15 Africa vs Repechage Winner Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City 

2019 World Cup Pool C Fixtures

Date - Time Match Event Venue 
Saturday, September 21st - 08:15 France vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo 
Sunday, September 22nd - 11:15 England vs Tonga Sapporo Dome, Sapporo 
Thursday, September 26th - 11:45England vs USA Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City 
Saturday, September 28th - 05:45 Argentina vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City 
Wednesday, October 2nd - 08:45France vs USA Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City 
Saturday, October 5th - 09:00 England vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo 
Sunday, October 6th - 08:45 France vs Tonga Kumamoto Prefectural Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City 
Wednesday, October 9th - 05:45Argentina vs USA Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City 
Saturday, October 12th - 09:15England vs France International Stadium, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City 
Sunday, October 13th - 06:45USA vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City 

2019 World Cup Pool D Fixtures

Date - Time Match Event Venue 
Saturday, September 21st - 05:45 Australia vs Fiji Sapporo Dome, Sapporo 
Monday, September 23rd - 11:15 Wales vs Georgia City of Toyota Stadiu, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City 
Wednesday, September 25th - 06:15 Fiji vs Uruguay Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City 
Sunday, September 29th - 06:15 Georgia vs Uruguay Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City 
Sunday, September 29th - 08:45 Australia vs Wales Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo 
Thursday, October 3rd - 06:15 Georgia vs Fiji Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City 
Saturday, October 5th - 06:15 Australia vs Uruguay Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture 
Wednesday, October 9th - 10:45 Wales vs Fiji Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture 
Friday, October 11th - 11:15 Australia vs Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture 
Sunday, October 13th - 09:15 Wales vs Uruguay Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City 


The next Rugby World Cup is just around the corner, with the tournament set to sweep across Japan, giving the country rugby fever. The fun is not just confined to the country itself, with a whole host of ways to bet on the competition bot before, and during the tournament. 

With the Rugby World Cup beginning on Friday, September 20th 2019, there is still time to do your research before the tournament starts. Being particularly keen is something that the bookmakers are all too willing to reward, with a glut of pre-tournament markets available to those that cannot wait for the latest instalment of the World Cup.

Outright Rugby World Cup Betting Markets

World Cup Winner 

Everything you need to know about the market is explained in the name. Here, you will be betting on who you think will be lifting the Webb Ellis trophy come the end of the tournament. New Zealand are, as always, the favourites to win, but that does not mean you can't find a way to make a profit betting in this market. While the All Blacks have won the last two World Cups in a row, they do have a wobble in them at major tournaments. With the likes of England, Ireland and Australia all ready and waiting to take advantage of New Zealand's demise, betting on one of the three could see some good value. 

Name The Finalists 

This market allows you to put money on who you think will make it to the final of the tournament. Perhaps you cannot make your mind up between New Zealand and Wales to win, instead, you an back the two to be contesting the showpiece event. However, a word of warning, you may want to take some time to plot the team's potential routes to the final, as if Wales and New Zealand will likely end up on the same side of the tournament tree meaning they will play each-other in the semi-final, then it is obviously not worth putting money on the two to be in the final. 

To Finish Third 

In this market you are simply backing the side you think will finish in third place. In order to get to this point, a side must make it to the semi-finals before being beaten at this stage. That team then takes on the loser from the other semi-final to battle it out to finish in third. It is not really a game either side will want to play, with emotions sure to be tested after falling at the final hurdle before the final, but it invariably ends up being a a game in which both sides are fighting for their pride. 

Continent of Winner 

Here you will be able to bet on the continent that the winning side come from. With New Zealand and Australia both coming from Oceania, they are the clear favourites, but the likes of England, Wales and Ireland constitute part of the European force, meaning they offer good value in this market. 

Winning Hemisphere 

This market is much like backing a continent, only you are hedging your bets that little bit more. The Southern Hemisphere are the favourites as they have dominated the World Cup England's triumph in 2003 the only time a Northern Hemisphere side has ever won the competition. With Ireland as strong as they are right now though, backing a Northern Hemisphere side to lift the trophy offers good value.

Winning Pool

In this market you can put money on the Pool you think the winners will come from. Perhaps you feel that backing a team from Pool C, which contains England, France and Argentina offers particularly good value. You can therefore back that Pool to supply the winning team and reap the rewards if they lift the trophy. 

Rugby World Cup 2019 Match Betting

Rugby Union, like most other sports, is very well covered in betting, with markets available for almost every facet of the game. This can often cause things to get confusing for the bettors, with those that are not experts in rugby potentially needing some help sifting through what each market means. 

Fortunately, we here at Bettingpro pride ourselves on our knowledge of cricket and, like football, rugby and many other sports, we offer a full guide to the available markets, and the best way to make the most out of them.

Match Winner

The simplest market in the game. Here, you simply back the side you feel will win the match, it is as easy as that. This market is best utilised when two teams are quite evenly-matched. If it is difficult to pick a winner from the two, such as in a match between Australia and Wales, then the odds on offer will hold more value, whereas backing England against Tonga will see Tonga offer huge value, but only because England will be huge favourites.


This market is a way of backing a favourite in the game, but it can offer good value. Simply put, you back a team with a handicap of either minus points or plus points to win the game. For example, if you want to back New Zealand to beat South Africa, you can back them with a handicap of -9 points, which means that if the All Blacks win by 8 points or less, then your bet will lose, while if they win, for example, 25-10, then your bet will win. You can also back it the other way, and if you back South Africa +9 and they lose 16-13, then your bet will still win because you backed the side with a handicap of +9. 


In this market, the bettor is able to back the team they feel will be ahead at half-time, and the team they feel will lead at full-time. This can prove very valuable if you correctly predict a minnow leading the favourite at half-time, only to then lead at full-time. It can also offer value if you back the underdog to lead at half-time and then full-time. 

Winning Margin

This market gives the punter the chance to back how many points they think a certain team will win by. Backing a side to win by 1-10 points, 11-20 points, 21-30 points and so on can offer very good value as the game of rugby is an exceptionally unpredictable one. If you are able to put money on the correct outcome, it can offer a good return.

Team To Score First

Here, the bettor chooses which side he feels will be the first on the scoreboard. Unlike football, which only has one way of scoring, rugby players can open the scoring via a try, a penalty or a drop goal, meaning that a side can be pushing for a try early on, only to decide to take the three points from a penalty. This market can be an unpredictable one, and backing the correct side to score first is not always easy. 

Highest Scoring Half

This market gives bettors the opportunity to back which half they feel will see the most points. The first few games of the Rugby World Cup usually sees a more cagey first-half, which is then followed by a slightly more open second-half as the trailing side looks to ensure they do not fall to an opening day defeat. Therefore, backing a higher scoring second-half may be intelligent, although rugby is a game that can surprise, with the first-half seeing big scores only for the points to dry up in the second 40.

First Try Converted

Here, the bettor can predict whether the first try of the game will be converted or not. A conversion being nailed first time around is usually the option with shorter odds, but if a team is to score in the corner, then backing the side to not add the extras offers very good value. 

Sending Off In Match 

This market simply allows a bettor to predict whether there will be a sending off in a match. Rugby is a sport of extreme physicality, and often it can boil over, with cheap shots at the bottom of a ruck, late tackles or last second tries sometimes sparking mass brawls, which can then lead to cards being dished out, with the colour of those cards up to the discretion of the referee. 

Rugby World Cup Winners

Year Host Winner Runner-UpScore In The Final 
1987Australia and New ZealandNew Zealand France 29-9
1991Europe Australia England 12-6
1995South Africa South Africa New Zealand 15-12 (aet)
1999Wales Australia France35-12
2003Australia EnglandAustralia 20-17 (aet)
2007FranceSouth Africa England 15-6
2011New Zealand New Zealand France 8-7
2015England New Zealand Australia 34-17

Rugby World Cup Top Try Scorers

Year Tries Player Team 
19876Craig Green 
John Kirwan 
Both New Zealand 
19916David Campese  
Jean Baprtste Lafond 
19957Jonah Lomu
Marc Ellis 
Both New Zealand 
19998Jonah Lomu New Zealand
20037Doug Howlett 
Mils Muliaina 
Both New Zealand
20077Bryan Habana South Africa 
20116Chris Ashton
Vincent Clerc 
20158Julien Savea New Zealand 

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