The bookmakers offering the best 2019 Rugby World Cup betting odds

Here we go! The first ever Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan, the first ever Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia, the first ever time the same hemisphere has hosted back-to-back tournaments, and the first time the Rugby World Cup will be held in a non-traditional rugby country – it’s 2019 Rugby World Cup time!

Japan‘s arrival as a rugby nation has been coming for a while. That defeat of South Africa at the World Cup four years ago under the tutelage of Eddie Jones was obviously far and away the peak, but it didn’t come from nowhere. Two years previous to that the Japanese tore apart from Wales at home and in 2014 they also beat Italy for the first time too.

Just one win has won over a tier one side since – a 34-17 dismantling of Italy – but they did get a magnificent draw over France back in 2017, while they also got within one score of beating Scotland and Wales in 2016. In that time they’ve beaten tier two sides like Georgia, Canada, Tonga, Romania, and Russia too.

Their pool this year is hard though, being placed alongside both world number two Ireland and the rejuvenated Scotland along with minnows Russia and Samoa. With just two sides to progress, Japan will need something monumental to make it to the quarterfinals.

Pool B looks pretty nailed on already with both pre-tournament favourites New Zealand and South Africa almost certain to make it through ahead of Italy, Namibia and Canada. Italy, despite their tier one status, have never properly challenged the status quo at a Rugby World Cup, and have only ever beaten one other tier one side in tournament history – Argentina 31-25 way back in 1995. The titans of South Africa and New Zealand are very unlikely to fall foul of this Italian side who are playing some of their worst rugby since becoming a Six Nations side at the turn of the century.

Pool C might be a bit more competitive though, with England, France and Argentina the sides fighting it out for those two qualification spots. Argentina have been fantastic at the three previous World Cups; finishing 3rd in 2007, reaching the Quarter Finals in 2011, and finishing fourth four years ago. In that time they have beaten Scotland, France, and Ireland twice, and only lost to England, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. England and France are currently the two favourites to qualify, but rule out the Argies at your peril. USA and Tonga make up the numbers in this group.

Then finally we have Pool D which is likely to be as uncompetitive as Pool B with Australia and Wales the two huge favourites to qualify, and Georgia, Fiji and Uruguay making up the rest. However, though Uruguay and Georgia have never beaten a tier one side in their history, Fiji have a few scalps to their name and in the last five years have beaten Italy twice, Scotland once, and France in Paris last autumn. It’ll be foolish to completely rule them out, and they have form of beating Wales at a World Cup too as they defeated them 38-34 12 years ago. Is a repeat on the cards this year? We’ll see, we’ll see.

I know what you’re asking now, though: “Where can I find all the best 2019 Rugby World Cup betting odds, mate?”.

Well right in that table below you can.

Enjoy!

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