Rugby Union Betting Offers
Rugby Union is one of the UK’s most popular sports to watch and play in. It has also grown rapidly over the last few years within the betting world and offers more markets than ever before! It’s ever-growing popularity amongst people who may prefer a different sport to football, especially given England’s recent success in the last World Cup where they reached the final in Japan.
The Rugby World Cup
After England’s loss to South Africa in 2019, more betting companies are looking to market their offers towards club rugby. Popularity has rapidly grown across the country with more wanting to get involved with their local club. Wherever you are based in the UK, there will be a team near for you to watch and even have a bet on!
The most popular competition to bet on however, remains the Rugby World Cup which comes around every four years. The next rugby world cup will be hosted in France in 2023. This competition has been heavily dominated by two teams in recent years with the famous ‘All Blacks’ of New Zealand and South Africa both winning three World Cup’s each.
World Cup Betting Tips
The All Blacks will head into the next World Cup as current favourites as they will be for most competitions they are involved in. You can currently get odds of up to 7/4 with Betfred and Unibet for them to win the 2023 World Cup. This could be a very good bet as we look towards the next few years in professional rugby; considering that New Zealand have an 87%-win record at the World Cup, it is rare that we see them lose.
England sit at a solid second favourite with Eddie Jones’ men currently looking to win their second title following the successes of 2003 and reaching the 2019 final. Odds of 4/1 can be seen here with Paddy Power.
The next largest competition involves the Six Nations which sees six of Europe’s elite compete in a league table on an annual basis. England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy partake in this every year across Europe to bring home Europe’s biggest trophy across the continent.
Wales currently dominate this competition with 39 victories since it’s opening with England holding the most wins with 28. The current holders are Wales after winning the Grand Slam and Triple Crown in 2019. This was their first win since 2012.
Club Rugby Betting Offers
In the UK, top clubs compete for the Premiership in Rugby Union. Similar to other national events and leagues, this follows the same format except two teams compete to reach the Premiership final at the end of the season.
This competition has been heavily dominated by Leicester Tigers who have won ten Premierships. However, in recent years The Saracens and Exeter Chiefs have provided healthy competition, with The Chiefs looking to be current favourites with odds of 4/7.
London Wasps and Sale Sharks have also impressed this season and their odds of around 6/1 with several bookmakers could be seen as representing value!
Rugby Union Free Bets Explained
If Team Goes 10 Points Ahead, Get Early Payout (10 Up)
Bet365 run this promotion during The Six Nations and The World Cup. You simply back a team to win the match and if at any point your selection goes 10 points ahead during the game, you will receive an early payout as a winning bet. We reckon that this is one of the leading promotions for rugby league betting, a 10 point loss is easily overcome, especially where 2 top teams are battling it out for the win and this insurance on your winning bet is well worth having.
If Team Leads At 70 Minutes & Loses Get a Free Bet
This rugby union betting promotion finds its origins in a similar football offer. You back your team to win the match and if they are winning on 70 minutes, but go on to lose the match, you receive your stake back (staking limits apply) as a free bet. We’ve all been there, watching your team carrying a narrow advantage going into the final minutes of the game, only for them to lose in the dying seconds by conceding a penalty or try. With this offer, you are not completely out of luck as you will receive your stake back.
If Certain Team Wins, Get a Free Bet
Paddy power have run a number of these offers during high profile games. You need to place a #whatoddspaddy bet on the match in question and if your bet loses and the nominated team wins the match, you will receive your stake back as a free bet. #whatoddspaddy are bets that you ask Paddy Power to price up for the game and include multiple outcomes during the same game. For example, England to win, over 3 tries and more than 30 points scored. You can also find popular #whatoddspaddy bets on their site, so you can place a bet on one that has already been priced up. If you´re not already signed up, The Paddy Power sign up offer is normally excellent, giving you a risk free bet that can be used in combination with this offer/
If Team Scores 25 Points & Loses Match Get a Free Bet
To take advantage of this insurance you need to back a team to win and if they score 25 points during the game, but still lose the match you will receive your stake back (staking limits apply) as a free bet. For this offer to be of value, look for matches that you think will be high scoring, selecting teams that are up against teams with leaky defences.