There hasn’t been too much movement in the betting odds for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Of course it is still early days yet, and host nation New Zealand, after flexing their muscles against Japan, remain as outright favourites, now at a best price of 4/6 with Blue Square. The All Blacks, who were not overly impressive in their opening match in a 31-10 win over Tonga, cut loose against Japan, winning 83-7 to confirm their status as favourites. Ireland have caused the biggest upset of the World Cup so far, beating Australia 15-6 in their pool match. That will have really been a big dent in the Wallabies title charge, but Ireland, who had not displayed any kind of form that they would beat one of the tournament favourites, has now put themselves in a strong position. Australia will need to respond to that defeat and should still be in the knockout stages. Defending Champions South Africa are chugging along nicely, having seen off the challenge of Wales in their opening fixture, they flexed their muscles to crush Fiji in their second group, and all of the team. So all of the big guns are on track to make a run at the title this year, and with the tournament really warming up towards the Quarter Finals where the big teams will be clashing in the knockout stage. But, before then, there are a still a host of Pool stage matches which we have to get through, and while outright betting on these matches don’t always offer the greatest value, dipping into handicap betting is often the best way forward, as well as looking at other sub markets. One of the most popular submarkets for the 2011 Rugby World Cup betting has been Tryscorer bets. These markets offer great value, and they are also the subject of some good Rugby World Cup betting promotions from bookmakers. These are worth exploring and here we list some of the most popular for you.
Popular online bookie Boylesports are offering a Lucky 13 2011 Rugby World Cup betting promotion for their customers. The bookie is refunding all losing First Tryscorer, Last Tryscorer or Anytime Goalscorer bets placed on any Rugby World Cup matches, if the number 13 from either side scores the final try of the match. What this does is just offer a bit of insurance, should your bets lose and the Number 13 is the last to cross the line. Bookie Boylesports welcome new customers with a £20 free bet when opening an account. The placement of a first bet on a new account of a £20, will receive a free £20 bet to enjoy.
BetFred are offering a Money Back special on the Rugby World Cup and the bookie is banking on England not going all the way to their third consecutive final. If England do go on and reach the Final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, then BetFred will be paying out refunds. The popular bookie will refund all losing outright bets placed on the tournament, if England make it to the final. This will apply to outright bets placed before the end of the Pool stages only. BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers opening an account with them. Make your first bet on a new BetFred account of £5 or more, and you can receive a free bet up to the maximum value of £50.
Paddy Power are also running a rugby betting promotion for their customers as well, for the pool matches in new Zealand. This is one of the famous Paddy Power money back specials. In their 2011 Rugby World Cup betting promotion, if the Number 11 from either side scores the first try in any of the Pool matches, then the bookie will refund all losing Tryscorer bets placed on that match. This provides a nice bit of coverage, and the highly rated bookie welcomes new customers with a free £50 bet too. Sign up for an account and the bookmaker will match your first bet on a new account, up to the maximum value of £50.
Betting exchange BetFair have taken a slightly different approach to their rugby world cup promotional offers. For every £25 bet placed at the 2011 Rugby World Cup with the betting exchange, you will gain a raffle ticket in which you stand the chance to win £1000 plus an England shirt signed by former star Will Greenwood. There will be a total of seven draws running throughout the tournament so check out BetFair for more details about getting in on this great action. The betting exchange, which is highly popular and highly rated, offers a £25 risk free first bet on new accounts. This means if your first bet on a new BetFair account loses, you will be refunded your lost first stake up to the value of £25.
888Sport, who have been running some seriously fantastic raffle draws this summer, have a rugby special going for the action in New Zealand. Their rugby betting promotion surrounds the number eight shirts in a match. If the Number 8 from either side scores the first try of any Rugby World Cup match, then the bookie will refund all losing First Tryscorer, Last Tryscorer bets as a free bet. 888Sport, who run great promotions on their site, offer up to £100 in free bets for new customers opening an account.
Latest 2011 Rugby World Cup Betting Odds
New Zealand: 4/6 at Blue Square
Australia: 7/2 at Unibet
South Africa: 10/1 at Ladbrokes
England: 16/1 at Ladbrokes
France: 16/1 at Bet365
Ireland: 50/1 at SkyBet
Wales: 66/1 at Victor Chandler
Scotland: 200/1 at Totesport