2011 rugby world cup

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2011 Rugby World Cup Betting Bookmaker Promotions

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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
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England v Georgia Rugby World Cup betting odds & preview – 18.09.11

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Well the press have been on the backs of England in New Zealand, as Martin Johnsons men have not only been bungee jumping but enjoying a night on the town as well. Not the greatest press which could have come England’s way, as they are already one of the most unpopular teams in New Zealand for the 2011 RWC World Cup. They upset the host nation by unveiling a reserve kit of all black for the World Cup, and critics of England will be lapping things up. Especially after their dire start to the World Cup against Argentina, in which they were lucky to come away with a win. World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson struggled with his kicking, but fortunately so did Argentina. It was a one dimensional performance from England, which was completely lacking any energy, any game plan or desire out on the pitch. There was no mobility up front and sideways running was pretty much the order of the day when they did get the ball in their hands. But a win is a win, even though they didn’t pick up a bonus point and now need to get things back on track. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as England started the last World Cup poorly (remember the thrashing by South Africa in the pool match to nil?) but still made it to the final. But the most disappointing part of the performance was that England fans know their side can play better. They have seen them  do it, and with more of an attacking prowess about the side in the Six Nations and the warm up matches, it all disappeared as they ground out a win against the equalling unadventurous, but more passionate Pumas. That was, arguably, England’s toughest group match, although they still have to face Scotland. So England v Georgia rugby world cup betting should not produce anything other than an England win. Our doubts over England’s ability to win the 2011 World Cup were focused on whether or not they are ruthless and clinical enough to beat tough opposition. We want to see a positive England, one which knows how to pick the right running lines and scythe their way through defences. Fortunately this should be the opportunity where they can cut lose. They have only ever played Georgia once before, and that was back in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, when England ran out impressive 84-6 winners. We can emphasise that England need to win to push on for top spot in the group, which is currently occupied by the Scots after beating Georgia 15-6 in their second match, but that’s stating the obvious. We need England to win every match, convincingly at this stage. Martin Johnson’s men have had a longer break than Georgia ahead of this match, and hopefully we’ll see the power show that England are capable off. Following this match, England take on Romania, so there is a great chance to build some momentum ahead of their big clash against Scotland on October 1st. This is not going to be anything other than a win for England, the bigger the better for the manager, the squad and the fans alike. England v Georgia Rugby World Cup betting odds England to win: 1/150 at SportingBet Draw: 66/1 at Bet365 Georgia to win: 50/1 at Paddy Power Handicap: England -37 for Evens at Bet365
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Wales v Samoa Rugby World Cup Betting Odds – 18.09.11

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Wales will come up against the power of Samoa in their second 2011 Rugby World Cup match on September 18th, as the Welsh look for their first win. Wales came out of their first match, the big Pool D clash against South Africa, licking their wounds after a narrow victory. All Wales had to show for their efforts was a bonus point in the 17-16 defeat in which they gave the defending Champions a run for their money. Wales are starting to look as if they are piecing together a very good side for the future. They are not there just yet, but after their showing against South Africa, they surely have to be instilled with even more confidence. They were confident enough to throw the ball around against South Africa, who started to show their aging legs a bit. This was a South Africa side who had just beaten the All Blacks in the Tri Nations, and are out to defend their World Cup title. But it was a cruel blow in the end for Wales, who stood toe to toe with the powerful South Africans and actually forged out a decent game plan. They will have to try and contend with more power on Sunday, as the big Samoa side will be ready with their strong running and hitting. Samoa are actually quite a threat to Wales here in Pool D, and with the Samoans running up a big win over Namibia to get their 2011 Rugby World Cup started, this is expected to be a close match. If Pool D pans out as expected now with South Africa winning the group, the Wales v Samoa clash could be the big crunch one for second place and a spot in the quarter finals. So this is a match which Wales need to win, but will have bad memories of facing Samoa in the World Cup, losing to them in both the 1991 and 1999 editions of the premier Rugby Union tournament in the world. Samoa are big and powerful and should make a big impact in the scrum. That is where Wales really, really need to step things up and keep their composure. They can’t afford to cheaply lose ball to Samoa in that area, they have to make the Southern Hemisphere side work for all they can get. Because Samoa are a physical side, they may not have the big pace, but they do run well and have power in smashing through the line. Samoa beat Australia earlier in the year (though the Wallabies didn’t send out a full strength team) and will naturally be targeting Wales as their crunch match as well. If Samoa win this, then Wales could be a in a bit of difficulty, although Samoa will still have to play South Africa. Because this is expected to be quite close, there is not going to be great margins in your handicap betting to look at, and so we need to look at the head to head situation. The two nations have met seven times before, with Wales winning four and Samoa winning three. Tight there, but Wales have won the last two encounters, the most recent a 17-13 win in November of 2009. A 50-6 Welsh win in 2000 ended a losing streak of three matches against the Samoans. The average points difference between the two sides when they meet is 7 points in Wales’ favour. Wales average 25 points per game against Samoa and Samoa average 18 points against Wales. So Samoa have caused Wales some grief before on the big stage, and is there more to come? For our Wales v Samoa Rugby World Cup betting tip, we are going to lean in the favour of Wales for a narrow margin. Wales v Samoa Rugby World Cup Betting Odds Wales to win: 4/11 at SportingBet Draw: 25/1 at Bet365 Samoa to win: 3/1 at Paddy Power Handicap: Wales -8 Evens at Bet365
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