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Paddy Power Money Back Special for Rugby World Cup Semi’s

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Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a Money Back Special running for the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi finals this weekend. As the climax of the tournament nears to its conclusion in New Zealand, we have the host nation, Australia, Wales and France scrapping it out for a place in the final. Wales, the last remaining home nation, goes up against the unpredictable French, while there is the mouth watering, earth shattering match up of New Zealand v Australia in the other semi final. Paddy Power are offering a bit of insurance on your Try scoring betting for both of the semi finals, with their Money Back Special. If a Number 11 scores the first try in a semi final match in which you have a placed a Try scorer bet, if your Try scorer bet loses in that match, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet. So lucky Number 11 is the insurance that will cover you in your Rugby World Cup semi final Try scorer betting. What options are available which will be covered by this Paddy Power Money Back Special? Well in the Wales v France match up, Shane Williams, George North and Vincent Clerc are all trading at 10/1 in the First Try scorer Market, so there is plenty of good value around there. In the New Zealand v Australia semi final, the All Blacks’ Cory Jane 10/1, Digby Ioane 12/1 and Israel Dagg 12/1 are options, while Australia’s Adam Ashley-Copper is at 18/1. There is always good value in Try scorer markets and with Paddy Power you can at least get a bit of insurance, knowing that if your Try scorer bet loses but a Number 11 scores the first try of your match, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet.

Paddy Power welcome new customers with a great £50 free bet sign up bonus. When a first bet is made on a newly registered account, the bookie will match the value of that first bet, up to the value of £50, giving you some free betting money to play with. In the outright match betting, Wales are 4/5 and France are 6/5 to win their match, while New Zealand are trading at 2/5 favourites to beat Australia who are at 9/4 with Paddy Power. A big weekend of Rugby Betting ahead, who will make it the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final?


2011 Rugby World Cup Semi Final Betting Specials

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The semi final line up of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, has the exact same four nations as was in the first ever Rugby World Cup semi final stage, back in 1987. That tournament was also held in New Zealand as well. The draw was a little different back then, as New Zealand were paired up with Wales and France against Australia for the semi’s then. But are the spooky coincidences afoot? Can we read more into that for betting purposes to suggest who will come out on top? In that inaugural tournament, New Zealand and France won through to the Final, which was eventually won by the All Blacks, and that remains their only triumph on Rugby’s biggest stage. So, with the semi finals of the current edition this weekend, we can look at some good rugby betting action to try and pick up some profit on the two games. We are going to look outside of the mainstream betting, then outright winner and handicap betting and present some 2011 Rugby World Cup semi final specials which may be of interest. You can see our Wales v France and New Zealand v Australia full match previews by clicking the links.

Our first stop here is with online bookmaker Boylesports, who are offering a Rugby World Cup Semi final special bet. They are offering a Double of France to beat Wales and New Zealand to beat Australia at a price of 2/1. The semi finals should be very closely ran things, and therefore this does represent a bit of value. Boylesports offer a free £20 bet for new customers, matching the value of a first bet on a new account up to the value of £20 when registering with them.

Next stop is popular bookie Stan James who are offering a couple of very good markets that you may want to take a look at for your 201 Rugby World Cup Semi final betting. First of all there is the Highest Scoring Game of the semi finals. The New Zealand v Australia match up is priced at 8/11 and the Wales v France match trading at Evens. Decent bit of value, and again, there is the potential of big points being ran in for both of the semi finals. You can take a slightly difference approach and look at the Top Try Scoring Nation for the semi finals. Here New Zealand are favourites at 6/5, Wales at 2/1, France at 7/2 and because they are expected to be on the losing end of an All Blacks assault, Australia at 4/1. Stan James present a couple of good specials here for your rugby betting. The highly rated online bookmaker offers up to £150 in free bets for new customers registering an account with them.

BetFred are getting in on the Rugby World Cup semi final specials as well, which is to be expected from the popular bookie. They are looking at the Drop Goal Market Double, meaning you can take the option of a Drop Goal in Both Matches at 3/1, or No Drop Goals in Either for 2/1 for the semi finals. BetFred are also running a First Scoring Play Double bet as well, a First Score of a Penalty in both matches is trading at 4/5, or the option of a First Score being a Try in both matches for 9/1. BetFred offer new customers registering an account, a free £50 bet.

So these are some good 2011 Rugby World Cup semi final betting specials to look at, if you are looking for alternative markets. We will see a big Northern v Southern Hemisphere clash in the final of the World Cup, but who will it be? Will it be the unpredictable French or the resurgent Welsh? Will the All Blacks handle the pressure of expectancy against their old rivals, or will the Wallabies hit form and spring a surprise?


New Zealand v Australia Rugby World Cup Semi Final Betting Odds & Preview – 16.10.11

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Australia v New Zealand Rugby World Cup betting, brings us yet another great encounter between the two giants of international rugby. Is there a more mouth watering prospect than seeing these two come together? Host nation New Zealand will certainly have the Eden Park crowd on their site when they step out for the semi final against their bitter rivals. The All Blacks came through some tough tackling and an early score against them in their semi final against Argentina, and they look as if they still have more to offer. It look them a long time to make it over the Pumas try line, and there was almost a sense of the All Blacks being nervous. So there is a hint that they haven’t risen to the occasion yet, and that could spell danger for the Wallabies. Yes, the All Blacks have suffered perhaps the cruellest injury which they could possibly have had, losing star man Dan Carter to a groin injury picked up in training. Coach Graham Henry has made three changes for the match. It looks as if the All Blacks are going to go with Aaron Cruden, who was called up to the squad as a replacement, to start the match at number ten. Cruden has a massive chance to propel himself up the number ten ranks in the famous All Blacks shirt, especially with Colin Slade out through injury as well. Cruden really is in one of those situations where he has nothing to lose, coming in as third choice number 10. His partnership with scrum half Piri Weepu (who kicked 7/7 against Argentina) will be vital, and it is given another chance after the quarter final. More importantly though, captain Richie McCaw will get to lead his side out for the semi final. There had been more concerns about McCaw’s fitness, but he has been named as a starter, and without Carter, this is an occasion where McCaw, arguably the best number 7 in the world, needs to project his leadership even more.

New Zealand v Australia Rugby Betting Odds
New Zealand to win: 5/11 at BetFair
Draw: 25/1 at Bet365
Australia to win: 12/5 at Totesport

There is pressure on the hosts in New Zealand v Australia betting, of that there is no doubt. Pressure to get back at Australia after losing to the Wallabies in the final Tri Nations match. Pressure to live up to expectations. Pressure to perform as we know the Kiwis can. All right, the All Blacks had back to back slip ups in the Tri Nations, with a defeat against South Africa preceding the Australian loss. But they are still the side which, if you were making up an international fifteen, would be the most highly represented country. They are a very balanced and experienced side and they have the ability to run from deep. Whether it is Cory Jane, Ma’a Nonu or the recalled full back Israel Dagg running at opposition, what the New Zealanders have is support. There is always a man on the shoulder, ready to off load to and get over the gain line. The All Blacks dispatched France easily enough in their Pool match, and having the easiest quarter final draw of the four semi finalists, they maybe have not felt the full force of the pressure yet. But it doesn’t get any bigger than taking on Australia. If New Zealand don’t turn up and play to their potential, then this is a game which they can lose. You don’t often talk about New Zealand losing, even when they are not fully on top of their game. But they will face a hungry Australia and that will be dangerous for them. But we can look at the All Blacks in New Zealand v Australia Rugby World Cup semi final betting and seriously get behind the host nation. The defining factor could be this: New Zealand have not peaked yet, not at any point in the competition, although they have scored big points. There is more to come from them, and let’s not forget the way that they did beat Australia in the Tri Nations on Kiwi soil. New Zealand were far more controlled then than they were in Australia for the reverse fixture. If it comes to a battle up front, would take the Kiwis and they perhaps, with their experience advantage over a young Australian side just have a slight edge.

The man in the green and gold which the All Blacks will have to watch out for will be fly half Quade Cooper. The Wallaby is a real maverick, an pretty indicative of the way that Australia rugby is going. Like Wales, Australia sent a very young side to the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Cooper is often the man who makes it all tick. Excpet that the Australian machine has not been ticking quite as efficiently as it promised too after the thrilling Tri Nations conclusion. There was the Pool match defeat against Ireland, when the Wallabies pack was obliterated up front, and then the narrow 11-9 victory over the defending champions, South Africa in the quarter finals. That really was a big grinding match, in which Australia really had to dig deep to claw their way back into. Maybe that scrappy, yet dogged win was just the thing that Australia needed in order to keep their feet on the ground. But they were second best for much of the match against the wise old heads of the Springboks and rarely threatened the South African try line. But, they have to be confident of taking out New Zealand again, simply because of their winning tactics when attack was everything in that Tri Nations victory. It was a brave attacking display, almost throwing defensive caution to the wind and that was what was so exciting and thrilling about it all. The thing about Quade Cooper is that he is just as likely to be Australia’s downfall, be he tries things and sometimes he can be a bit hit and miss. Cooper is not popular with the All Blacks, and a lot was said about him for getting away with a knee to the head of All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in the Tri Nations. So there is not going to be any love lost between the partisan Kiwi crowd and Cooper. The Wallabies may miss full back Kurtley Beale, but Will Genia, another of the superb young string pullers that Australia have, is confident that Australia’s attack can overpower the Kiwis again. Australia probably need to keep it open, because their pack may lose ground in the scrum. The Aussies have not won at Eden Park since 1986, but the pressure is all on the Kiwis in front of their home crowd. Evenly matched. Who will handle the pressure?

Make no mistake, whatever other good performances are being put in around the World Cup, New Zealand are still the best side in the world. They are the side by which to set standards. Australia are a young side, a work still in progress and while the Kiwis haven’t really been tested, unless Cruden crumbles don’t think that Australia are quite going to have enough on New Zealand territory. We were championing Australia coming into the tournament and they have tons of potential, more than Wales, more than France. However they don’t look as if they have quite put it all together to peak for the semi.
New Zealand v Australia Rugby Handicap Betting: New Zealand -7 for Evens at Bet365

New Zealand v Australia Rugby Betting Head to Head Stats
Aug 2011: Australia 25, New Zealand 20
Aug 2011: New Zealand 30, Australia 14
Oct 2010: Australia 26, New Zealand 24
Sep 2010: Australia 22, New Zealand 23
Aug 2007: New Zealand 20, Australia 10

Out of 142 meetings between the two sides, the All Blacks have won a staggering 96 matches. Yes, that is around 67% of all matches, with the Wallabies winning 41 and five draws completed. Recent matches between them have been quite close, but New Zealand average almost 6 points more per match when the two sides come together, than Australia. On average, the Kiwis score 19 points per match against Australia, while Australia average 13 points per match against New Zealand.


2011 Rugby World Cup Betting – Outright Winner Odds & Tips

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Well, we are at the Quarter Final stage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup betting and we have a feast of Rugby to come on the weekend. Because of Ireland’s great triumph over Australia in the Pool stages, the draw has separated out into two distinctive halves, with Northern Hemisphere teams occupying the top half, and the Southern Hemisphere teams making up the bottom half. There has always been the great discussions over Northern v Southern Hemisphere rugby, and now, in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final on October 23rd, a nation from each will go head to head for glory. There were no real surprises in the Pool stages, not in terms of which teams got through. The eight we see here left in the tournament was pretty much expected. That is not to say there were upsets, as France went down badly against Tonga in a massive shock, while the Ireland victory over Australia caused this separation in the draw. So now it is time to look once again at 2011 Rugby World Cup outright winner betting odds. There has been no surprise in this market, with the host nation still out as favourites.

Quarter Finals
Ireland v Wales, England v France, South Africa v Australia, New Zealand v Argentina
New Zealand: 8/11 at Bet365
The All Blacks have lost Dan Carter, their influential number ten, so now we will see how they cope without him. Carter is the all time record points scorer in international rugby and the big key in the All Blacks machine. You do have to look beyond that though, at the draw and the quality in depth in the squad. They will face either South Africa or Australia in the semi final, sides they both lost against in the Tri Nations, but beat them both on home turf. So New Zealand still have the edge here in outright betting at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. They have home advantage and if they make the final, you have to ask yourself whether or not you can see any of the Six Nations sides beating them.

Australia: 7/1 at Bet365
The Aussies are trading quite well still in the rugby betting here, but after their defeat to Ireland in the Pool stages, they have made their task harder. We were hoping for an Australia v New Zealand final, but that can only happen now in the semi final. The Wallabies have a tough quarter final against South Africa, the defending Champions. Australia have won four of the last five against the Springboks, including two victories over them in the Tri Nations. Their scrum has been targeted with Ireland battering them up front and any opponents coming up against them will know that. The current Australia side is a very promising one, inexperienced a little bit, a little bit maverick, not the complete package, but with huge running potential. Our tip from the start, but that was because they should have been playing Wales in the quarter final and then England or France in the semi’s. Now they have to go through South Africa and the All Blacks just to get to the final.

South Africa: 7/1 at Bet365
The Springboks are actually looking like more of a threat. They had their stuttering start against Wales, but even in that match they showed a lot of determination and simple will to win. They have a powerful pack, a powerful defence (which has conceded the fewest points of all teams in the Pool stage) and they are going to take some stopping. They sacrificed the Tri Nations, resting their star players in order to build a better defence of their World Cup title. They are building momentum, and with the weather not being very good in New Zealand, they have the set play and forward power to really grind out some big results. They may tire in games, but they play smart tournament rugby and have wise, experienced heads on their shoulders who have been here before.

England: 11/1 at SportingBet
Interestingly, England have not shown any kind of form that they are going to go and win the World Cup this time. Martin Johnson’s men have had their problems off the field, and they have not shown any confidence on it. They stuttered to top spot in the group, with some poor performances against Argentina and Scotland, and no-one is really standing up to claim places in the side. That makes Johnson’s job of picking a starting fifteen very difficult, as he doesn’t know what his best side is. England do have potential, but they look nervous and afraid to run and throw the ball around. The pack has not been mobile or dynamic and they haven’t used Manu Tuilagi, their most potent line breaker as much as they should. If they shake off the shackles a bit they can win the tournament. Many are suggesting that they could still cough and splutter their way to the final still. They are playing poorly and still winning, so maybe that will count for something. They only have to beat Six Nations teams to get to the final. Still a chance.

Ireland: 14/1 at Bet365
Here we are, we are seeing the Ireland of old. The experienced side has really shown up well, even though they went into the tournament with no form. Their win against Australia was crucial and they have set themselves up with an easier draw to reach the final. The big challenge now is maintaining that intensity. Their forwards are playing well and as a unit, something we didn’t see much of at the Six Nations. They are a completely different animal than what we saw at the start of the year. Now they make a big tip to reach the final from the top half of the draw.

Wales: 18/1 at Stan James
The young Welsh side, have been winning a lot of plaudits. They had South Africa on the ropes in their first Pool match, but couldn’t finish the job off. They also responded well to the physical challenges laid down by Samoa and Fiji. The thing going for Wales at the moment, is their fitness. They focused hard on that during their build up and it is clearly paying off. They have not looked as good as they have at the moment for quite some time. Consistency is the key for Wales. They have been guilty of getting a bit over confident, over passing and a few too many handling errors by overplaying things. They can’t afford to do that in the latter stages.

France: 20/1 at SportingBet
The French’s defeat against Tonga in the Pool stages, as well as clearly not being able to compete with New Zealand, losing against them too has left them on the fringes of things. They have actually lost some of their threat, with coach Marc Lievremont playing players out of position, and rumours of unrest in the dressing room. They were pretty terrible against Tonga, it has to be said. Not looking a big threat at the moment, as you have to question their mentality when their backs are against the wall.

Argentina: 275/1 at Paddy Power
Have drawn the tough quarter final against New Zealand. Unlikely to go any further therefore, and a long way short of the team they were four years ago when they finished third.

2011 Rugby World Cup Betting Tip:
Right now, New Zealand look stronger favourites than before. However, would take a good look at South Africa as they are rolling very nicely and will tough things out in bad weather. Ireland from the top half of the group are looking like a very good proposition too.

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South Africa v Australia Rugby World Cup Betting Odds – 09.10.11

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The Southern Hemisphere heavyweight clash of South Africa v Australia betting, on October 9th in Wellington, promises to be an almighty affair. South Africa still have a lot of World Cup winners in their side, while the new, younger Australia under Robbie Deans have no World Cup winners to call on for experience.  The two nations know each other well of course, and it is Australia who are on a solid run of form against the Springboks. But this is the quarter final of a World Cup, a situation in which experience counts for everything. This is going to be something of a treat for a World Cup quarter final and the winner of it will, more likely than not, meet host nation New Zealand in the semi finals. Will the younger legs of Australia prevail over the eighty minutes, or will the experienced, collective power of South Africa come out on tops. At this stage, especially if the weather is going to be bad, the ball is likely to be kept up front and that will play into the hands of the Springboks. South Africa v Australia betting is likely to be one of the most closely contested of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter finals. The way South Africa are playing, they do not look ready to give up their title without a major fight.

South Africa v Australia Rugby World Cup Betting Odds
Australia to win: Evens at Stan James
Draw: 25/1 at Totesport
South Africa to win: 6/5 at Victor Chandler

South Africa Form: WWWW
The defending champions came to the world cup with an experienced side. Many people translated experienced as old, and at times, in their opening Pool D match against Wales, you could see that the bodies weren’t doing what the minds were thinking for the Springboks. However, that is a negative about them, but there is a lot of positives to take. South Africa, in that win over Wales and in subsequent matches, have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with. There is that old rumbling machine, that powerful pack and that expertise control and drive from set plays. They are still prepared to throw every muscle into the last line of defence, and it may take them a bit longer to get up, but they have a remarkable fortitude. There is good competition in the Springboks starting 15, with star half back Fourie de Preez going along steadily, but under pressure from Francois Hougaard for a spot. De Preez is a star of the game, but he hasn’t been at his best since a long term injury which saw him missing from action during 2010. De Preez still has the sharp eye for the game, but what he doesn’t have is the speed that Hougaard is able to deliver. Against the Wallabies, speed could be of the essence. But Du Preez is still a huge influence on the Springboks as he controls the pace of the attacks. While most teams will usually try and stop Australia from running, the Sprinboks will probably encourage it a little bit, because South Africa should really be able to get stuck into the Wallabies at the break downs, and force mistakes from their opponents with some heavy tackling going in. The set plays though will be the biggest key for South Africa. They will have seen weakness in the Australian pack, especially against Ireland, and they will use all of their formidable power to try and drive straight through the Wallabies front row. If South Africa break the Australian pack, then the defending World Cup champions will have scored a huge foothold in the match. Right now, South Africa are playing cup rugby the right way. They are efficient, they are powerful and just as importantly, they are very smart with what they are doing. Don’t be surprised if the old heads of South Africa outwit Australia on the day, they are looking powerful.

Australia Form: LWWW
The Tri Nations champions are in this predicament because they failed to beat Ireland. In their opening Pool match, Ireland absolutely destroyed the Wallabies pack in an awesome show of power. After beating South Africa twice in the Tri Nations in the build up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the Wallabies should be confident. However, their loss against Ireland showed just a little bit of vulnerability in their ranks. The positives are, Australia are a very good team. They are so full of running and powerful running at that, they still have that remarkable ability to create something from deep. Australia are a good young side, who are improving all the time, but are still a work in progress. You do wonder if that game against Ireland was their one bad tournament match which they have gotten out of the way. Will that defeat have steeled them? Australia of course have to find some extra strength up front, as they don’t want to take on South Africa there. That will be too draining for their pack, and likely cost them the game. They are not as good as South Africa up front, so their best attack is to run at the Springboks defence and tire out their three quarters. If Australia get the ball out wide often enough, they will create chances, and the key to all of this will of course be Quade Cooper. The number nine is the key to all of these, especially as the weather is not projected to be very good on Saturday. Cooper is quite the maverick and makes the unexpected happen. Therefore if the handling conditions are bad, Quade Cooper could be the difference between the two sides. Australia really have to play to their strengths and not beat South Africa at their own game, trying to match power with power. Agility and craft will be the winning combination for Australia here, and their running lines will be the first big test of the South African defensive set up.

South Africa v Australia Head to Head
The Aussies have won four of the last five matches between the two nations. In total, there have been 73 meetings between the two sides, and it is South Africa who have the upper hand. South Africa have won 41, Australia 31 with just one drawn match between them. When the two sides meet, South Africa average 1.15 points more per match than Australia. The last time they played each other was only back in August in the Tri Nations when the Aussies won 14-9. That came after a 39-20 win earlier in the tournament. The last South Africa win came in August of 2010, with a 44-31 win.

South Africa v Australia Rugby Handicap betting
Australia -1 For Evens at Bet365

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2011 Rugby World Cup – Name the Finalists Odds

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There are some interesting options in the Name the Finalists betting markets for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. There could be a bit of profit for you to seriously look at here, and the options may be a bit more surprising than you may first think. The first thing to do before looking into this market too much, is to size up the draw and who will be meeting who in the knockout stages. There is a big division of power in the world of international rugby, and looking at the pool stages, it is not too hard to pick out who is going to get through. The only big shock we have seen so far, is Ireland beating Australia in the pool stage, which means that there may be a bit of a shake up. Ireland were projected to come in second to Tri Nations winners Australia in their pool, but with that upset, it could throw the Wallabies into a tougher quarter final against South Africa. It means that Ireland may just have done themselves a huge favour, being thrown into a possible quarter final against Six Nations opponents, Wales. What the Ireland result really has done, has separated the knockout stages of the World Cup into a Northern and Southern Hemisphere tournament. If Australia do fail to win their Pool, then we will not get the highly anticipated climax of Australia v New Zealand. That would now only happen in the semi finals. So at least we should see a Northern Hemisphere v Southern Hemisphere 2011 Rugby World Cup final if everything else goes to plan in the pool stages. The options in this market actually show what the bookies think, that one definite finalist is going to be New Zealand.

2011 Rugby World Cup Name The Finalist Betting Odds
New Zealand/England: 4/1 at SkyBet
New Zealand/France: 4/1 at SportingBet
New Zealand/Ireland: 5/1 at Bet365
New Zealand/Wales: 8/1 at Paddy Power
New Zealand/Australia: 12/1 at Totesport
Australia/England: 18/1 at Bet365
Australia/France: 20/1 at Bet365
South Africa/England: 22/1 at Bet365

Projected Quarter Finals
Ireland v Wales
England v France
South Africa v Australia
New Zealand v Argentina

Projected Semi Finals
Winner of Ireland/Wales v England/France
Winner of South Africa/Australia v New Zealand/Argentina

So now, looking at the projected paths to the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, it is offering some very interesting options. It means now, with the top half of the draw now likely missing Australia, Six Nations sides England and France now look favourites to battle it out for a place in the final. New Zealand were always likely to run into South Africa at the semi final stage, but now it looks as if that could be Australia, and so there will be an almighty clash in the semi finals of the bottom half, no matter what. The biggest questions here is who will prevail? The bookies heavily fancy all options on host nation New Zealand getting there, and if you are with them, then your options are going to be limited to most likely pairing them up with England, France, Wales or Ireland. The Wallabies may have just shot themselves in the foot in losing to Ireland, as they will now have to go through South Africa and New Zealand on the way to the final. They have beaten them both recently, and if you fancy the Wallabies to bounce back, then there is tremendous value in backing them to pair up with the likes of England or France to make the final.

So now the top half of the draw could be a Six Nations shoot out. Who would you back to prevail? England won the Six Nations this year of course, beating France, but Ireland in turn, beat the English. Will Wales have more of a say than many may think? Well, judging by the odds floating around at the moment, it is France who are being tipped as having the best chance to get to the final over their European counterparts in the top half of the draw.

We now then have to take a long look at the bottom half of the draw, which Ireland may well have done enough to avoid. The bottom half is arguably the tougher route to the final. Remember that Australia beat South Africa twice in the Tri Nations, and triumphed over the All Blacks as well in the final match of the tournament. But New Zealand are on home turf and will that see them take a huge advantage over either South Africa or Australia in the semi finals. Will the Kiwis finally be able to shake off that label of being chokers? The Australia v Ireland result really has shaken things up and it is worth looking in to the Name the Finalist betting odds to try and pick up some extra odds in your 2011 Rugby World Cup betting. With the Ireland triumph over Australia, the 2011 Rugby World Cup may have just become a little easier to predict. The Kiwis don’t look as if they have any serious Tri Nations hangover, South Africa look powerful but a bit cumbersome while the young Australian side has shown some inexperience. Is it all pointing to the Kiwis tasting Rugby World Cup glory on their home soil, silencing all doubters? Are there more twists to come. There has to be more to come, no side has really stood out so far in the Pool matches, no one has stood up and said “come beat us!” so the Quarter Finals, which start on October 8th are looking more and more interesting. Still a lot of rugby to played between now and them, but you can see the likely draw ahead, can you pick out the two finalists?

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



Australia v Italy Rugby World Cup Betting Odds & Preview – 10.09.11

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Australia v Italy rugby betting should be a good test of both of these sides. No surprises that the Aussies will be the favourites though. We are pencilling in Australia as potential winners of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, although there is still a raw edge about them. They successfully won the Tri Nations, beating New Zealand in the final match of the tournament recently, a huge success for them, and their game. Australia just simply kept pounding away at the New Zealand in relentless fashion, really being ballsy and taking the game to the All Blacks. In their first meeting in the Tri Nations, Australia had sat back a bit, tried to be a bit more cautious and only spread the game when they had to. They abandoned caution in the reverse fixture and it paid off for them. Remember too, that they beat a full strength South Africa side as well over in Durban, so the Wallabies have a lot going for them, and make a great option in your 2011 Rugby World Cup betting. We have seen the worst and the best of Australia rugby this year, but they look as if they are just coming to the boil at the right time. What we like about the Australians, is that they are a young side, but a very young and exciting side. Their ability to run from deep is remarkable, and this fearless, youthful enthusiasm will either go two ways. It will lead them to massive victories against sides, or it will be their own undoing when it comes to tight matches in the knockout stage. We really like Australia’s chances because they look the boldest side going into the tournament and appear to be pretty solid as a unit. However, there is a feeling that they are going to have a bad game at some stage in the tournament. Maybe it will be against Ireland in the group stage, who may grind them down, or perhaps England in the semi finals. Their backs will be on the line at some point in the tournament and this is where their lack of experience in such a young side could be telling. Other than that, immensely gung-ho, talented, but are lacking a world class goal kicker as well.

But Australia v Italy rugby betting is worth getting behind the Wallabies well. They have to be full of confidence after their Tri Nations success and it will be important for them to build on that. They will face a different challenge against Italy, because that level of intensity which is there when playing South Africa and New Zealand competitively, is not going to be there. So Australia will have to earn and build their own momentum, and naturally Italy will want to try and slow them down as much as possible. Italy will be well served in keeping the ball in the pack, there area where they are likely to do some damage. This is the Italy who did beat France in the Six Nations this year, and could easily have taken out Ireland and Wales as well. So there are positives for them. The Azzuri will be targeting Ireland more than Australia, but they need a big game against one of them if they are going to progress through to the knockout stage, something which they have not done before. This is a good test for them, and as long as they don’t get hammered out of sight by the Wallabies, they will be glad to get the toughest match of the group out of the way and get a match experience under their belt before the crucial one against Ireland.

Australia v Italy Head to Head
Obviously not two sides who have come into contact with each other very often. There have been just thirteen encounters  between them, all having been won by the Wallabies. The average points difference per game between the Aussies and Italy is 22.23 in favour of the Wallabies. The last time they met was in November of last year in Italy, when Australia won 32-14.

Australia v Italy Rugby Betting Odds
Australia to win: 1/66 at SkyBet
Draw: 66/1 at Bet365
Italy to win: 25/1 at Bet365

Australia v Italy Rugby Handicap Betting Tip: There really have not been any great threats to Australia’s winning streak against Italy, and not expecting it to change here. Australia have finished in the thirty point range in the last four matches against Italy, so we are going to suggest an Italy +27 Handicap for Evens at Bet365 to cover that.

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2011 Rugby World Cup Handicap Betting Guide

Betting Advice

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup betting right on our doorstep (see full guide here) and (alternative betting markets here) there is an aspect of Rugby Betting we wanted to explore further. It is an important one,  because it is one which will help you the punter, to pick up a bit of extra profit. In the four groups at the World Cup, there are two teams in each which you can look at and almost safely predict will be in the quarter finals. Be it New Zealand and France from the Pool A, or Australia and Ireland from Pool C. The thing about the group stages in the Rugby World Cup, is that there are going to be matches where there are just going to be overwhelming favourites, which is just going to wipe out your outright betting market. Take the opener of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand v Tonga. The two have only faced each other three times, but tournament favourites New Zealand are expected to run riot against the minnows. Put it this way. In those three matches, New Zealand have scored 238 points to Tonga’s 15 in reply, with the biggest score being a 102-0 victory in 2000. Rugby betting is not like football, where you can picture an underdog getting away with scoring from just one chance in a match and then hanging on to a clean sheet. It doesn’t quite work that way in rugby betting, because teams can rarely get away with just one score in a match and coming out victorious. It’s not like West Brom going to Old Trafford, scoring from one shot in the match and then parking a bus in front of their own goal for the rest of the match. For starters, Tonga will struggle to get points on the board, and their most likely route is through kicking penalties, which can only be done if they sustain pressure in the New Zealand half and make the All Blacks make mistakes. Tries are really needed, because there has been so few accounts in Rugby World Cup history where the teaming scoring fewer tries have won a match, that is not really even worth considering taking a massive underdog. So, while New Zealand are outrageous favourites to win this opening match (we are talking 1/2000 odds at Bet365 here) there is no value in betting on them. Conversely, seeing a side out at 100/1 with Bet365 to win a two horse race, it is not worth betting on Tonga either. So what to do? Is it worth your time even looking at rugby betting for these kinds of matches? There will be better value in matches like Argentina v Scotland and South Africa v Wales of course, so what to do about these heavily one sided matches?

Clearly Tonga is not going to win this match. But, this is where the beauty of rugby handicap betting comes in to play, and is a more common theme in the sport than in football betting, where odds are never usually so far apart. You’ve probably heard of handicap betting, but even if you have never dabbled in it, it is worth looking at a few pointers so that it can open some alternative betting doors for you during the seven weeks of top international rugby betting which we will get to enjoy. Now we can’t impress enough the need to look at past stats when weighing up handicap betting options for the rugby world cup. They will tell a very important tale. Use stats as much as you can, ones like winning margin, greatest ever winning points difference in a match, and one you should definitely look at, is average points scored per match against a specific opponent. This will help you out a lot. Also look at how prolific the team has been in their last three results against all opposition, and this will help you make some good rugby handicap betting decisions. Sticking with the New Zealand v Tonga match, we see that 79 points is the average haul for New Zealand against Tonga (and the average points difference between them is 74 points), so that is a great place to start in looking for a handicap bet. You are unlikely to always find a handicap being offered by a bookie which exactly matches this number, so use stats like this for ball park estimations. Looking at Bet365 we see that the main handicap being offer is -66 points for New Zealand (or a +66 points for Tonga, whichever way you want to look at it). Now, because it is essentially the same bet (but not really, which we will explain in a bit), the price is going to be the same, in this case 10/11 at Bet365. Taking a negative handicap is usually the way to go, because it backs the favourites in the match more, in this case, you are looking at New Zealand overturning that deficit of -66 points which the handicap sets out. So, if they won 67-0, then you would be a winner! If they won 67-6 for example, you wouldn’t be a winner, because there is only a 61 points difference.

If think that New Zealand are going to win, but they just aren’t going to clear off all of those 66 points, then you take Tonga in the positive, and you will be backing them to not lose by more than the handicap. So if they lost 65-0, then you would win the bet on a Tonga positive handicap. The bottom line is, while New Zealand are going to win, and as everyone knows that, there is no profit in backing them. There is profit and value to made in rugby handicap betting though. You know the outcome, you just make a judgement call on the margin of the inevitable. When looking at an online bookmaker for handicap prices, and for this example we’ll stick with Bet365, you will be presented with one, or maybe two handicaps which are the mid range line in the market. That is why the one in our example is around Even Odds because it that threshold at which the game result is likely to play out. So, if you think something more spectacular is going to happen, then you have to go digging for alternative rugby betting handicaps.

We are going to switch to England’s opening fixture against Argentina for this one, and look at the variations on Rugby Handicaps for the match, just to show you the difference in value. England are 1/5 at Bet365 to win the match outright, again, not great value. So, the punter pictures Martin Johnson’s men winning, and they will see that the mid line is 12 points for the England v Argentina rugby handicap. For a price of 10/11 at Bet365,  you can either back England at -12, or Argentina at +12. So, off you would go and look at stats, and see the average points difference between the two nations is just 9.88 points per match. So the bookie is right on the nose for this, as twelve points is close enough to what the stats say, but too close to put in to positive odds. So, if you want to find positive odds, and you think, well, England are going to win by a bigger margin than a converted try and a couple of penalties, then you go digging again for alternative handicaps. Here is where the swing is in rugby handicap betting. We are going to build on that margin of 12 that the bookie set, so we add three points for another penalty on that, giving us a 15 point margin (and still that is within touch of the average stats of 9.88 with just a converted try or a couple of penalties on top, so feasible) and will fetch 11/10 at Bet365. Suddenly, for a small points shift we are in the positive. You can push it just a little further, taking a -15.5 on England (a half point negates the possibility of a handicap draw) which fetches 6/5 with the bookie. Basically there is huge potential to play around with here in rugby handicap betting, so look thoroughly at your options in this valuable market.

Stay tuned to these pages for match previews and the important stats needed to guide your rugby betting for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Online bookmaker Bet365, as we have been mentioning them here, carry great depth in their handicap betting on rugby, soccer and other sports. Make sure you have full ranges like this with your bookie. If you want to get in on the great Bet365 rugby handicap betting markets, then new customers registering an account can get a free £200 bet when singing up! It has been a long time coming, but the 2011 Rugby World Cup betting is here to enjoy. Take a look at some handicap betting to enhance your chances of profit.


2011 Rugby World Cup Betting Preview, Odds, Tips & Fixtures

Sports Betting

Format: The 2011 Rugby World Cup will be contested by twenty nations, twelve of which are there by rights after their performance at the last World Cup (where a top three group finish meant automatic qualification for this year’s event), while the other eight nations in New Zealand had to come through qualification. There are four groups of five teams set out, with the top two from each group going through to the quarter final knockout stage. The top four seeds for the draw (which took place back in 2008) are New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina which were based on the IRB World Rankings at the time. Each of those seeds were separated into different groups. Fortunately for England, who along with Wales, France and Ireland were in the group of seeds to get draw, they avoided the big three and were paired up with Argentina. France drew the short straw by landing in the group with host nation New Zealand, while Ireland pair up in Australia’s group and Wales will battle it out in South Africa’s group. Scotland, who came in the third seeding pot, landed in Argentina’s group along with England as well. So, the draw has been hovering around for some time, but now the 2011 Rugby World Cup is right on our doorstep. The final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup will be played on October 23rd in Eden Park, Auckland.

2011 Rugby World Cup Betting Outright Winner:
New Zealand: 4/6 at SportingBet
Australia: 4/1 at Victor Chandler
South Africa: 8/1 at SkyBet
France: 16/1 at Stan James
England: 18/1 at SportingBet
Wales: 80/1 at Paddy Power
Argentina: 125/1 at Bet365
Scotland: 175/1 at Victor Chandler

New Zealand Betting Preview
The All Blacks suddenly have raised a few eyebrows. For the wrong reasons. Going into the Tri Nations, they were firm favourites as always to score victory over South Africa and Australia. It all started well, but then something happened. New Zealand went to South Africa and were simply overpowered by the Springboks up front. It was a great display by South Africa, and showed some fragility in confidence in the All Blacks ranks. Normally you would expect such a world class side to bounce back, but against the odds, the Kiwis suffered a second consecutive loss, this time in Australia. The All Blacks do have the home advantage here, but are known for being big tournament chokers. How they haven’t dominated the World Cup history books is a mystery. Their key players are Richie McCaw and Dan Carter without any shadow of a doubt. They are still the team to beat, and they will get confidence boosting wins under their belt in the pool stage, making them a threat. Coach Graham Henry has picked a side with experience, but has left out Sitiveni Sivivatu, their prolific try scorer. That speaks volumes about the talent which is in their squad. Will we see a big bounce back from New Zealand, or has their confidence been hurt badly by the Tri Nations losses? New Zealand are suddenly a team under more pressure than they were ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup as host nation. Everyone expects the All Blacks, who are still the best team in the world, to deliver win after win after win. But they have picked up the label of chokers for a reason, and it has been because they fear failure so much. It is more of a mental thing than any question over their abilities. New Zealand are beatable, that is the upshot of what we have learned during the warm ups. Still, for most, actually producing a win against them is going to prove tough. Teams need to be physical and quick against New Zealand, to unsettle them from their game. South Africa simply bullied them, and Australia got right up in their faces and put more emphasis on attack than defence. The thing for New Zealand here, is using the pool matches in the right way, taking them one match at a time for team building confidence. Still will be the team to beat.
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Betting Value: Genuinely a title contender, shouldn’t be quite so short in the odds though.

Australia Betting Preview
Well the Wallabies are going to be our go-to team in Rugby World Cup betting, because when all things are weighed up, we think that they are the best outright value. Australia just won the Tri Nations, beating rivals New Zealand in the deciding match, a huge triumph for them. Australia simply pounded away until they got their break through, played without too much caution and looked a very good side. However, just as important was the overlooked fact that they also beat a full strength South Africa in Durban, something the All Blacks couldn’t do. That was a lot of craft and guile going on in that match, and Australia really had to mix it up front with the Springboks, which is not easy to do. Australia are not a complete side at the moment, they really don’t have a world class goal kicker, which may hurt them at some point in the tournament. Still, they are definitely a side which is starting to gel together the more games they get under their match, and they seem pretty adaptable and versatile. Other question marks? Perhaps the overall cohesion of the pack, but what Australia showed so well in the Tri Nations, is the ability to run from deep and create something out of nothing. It is such a naturally honed art, that it will sucker punch teams time and time again throughout the World Cup. We probably aren’t going to see the most convincing rugby being played Australia, but if they are able to maintain high intensity and simply play to their strengths, which is getting on the front foot (because they are beatable in defence through the middle). There’s very much a focus on mobility with the Australians, and it leads to some thrilling rugby. They are only going to get stronger.
Rugby World Cup Betting Value: Genuine chance, great price, top tip

South Africa Betting Preview
The Springboks pretty much sacrificed the Tri Nations for a shot at the World Cup. The defending champions sent a weak squad to face New Zealand and Australia away from home, but after suffering defeat with a full strength side to the Aussie back on home turf, they put in a barn storming performance to beat the All Blacks. This is an experienced South Africa side and they will menace a lot of teams with their sheer power. There are good threats from the back, but they are not as cohesive or solid as Australia or New Zealand at the moment. But their players should be fresher for having skipped out on Tri Nations matches, so they could pose a good threat. They are a great tournament side, and know how to expertly lock the ball in the forwards to stifle opponents out of the game. They are one of the most powerful packs and they will punish a lot of teams from set plays, especially line outs. Not a lot of people are going to give them too much of a chance of winning, but they should be in the semi finals and from then on, who knows. They have proven recently that they are able to mix it and compete with the best, and have experience in spades. The Springboks are ranked third in the world at the moment, and there should be some big games from them. The trouble about seeing them winning is pulling out two top performances against the best sides to be able to win.
Rugby World Cup Betting Value: Good price, fair representation of outside odds.

England Betting Preview
Martin Johnson’s men have genuinely played their way into contention for victory at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Are they the complete article? No, but they are side still learning a lot about each other, and with the intense drive by Martin Johnson himself on the sidelines, England look likely to be the only home nation which can actually make an impact in the tournament. England will be based in Dunedin for the tournament, and England should have a fully fit squad to pick from. They have received news that captain Lewis Moody has recovered from his knee injury and will be ready for England’s opener against Argentina on September 10th. England have had concerns over a few players during their build up but Johnson is confident that everyone will be fit and raring to go. As far as their build up for the World Cup went, only a defeat against Wales in Cardiff blighted their copy book, but England appeared to be more interested in playing rugby than taking kicks at goal for easy penalties, so don’t read too much into it. The clinical finishing of England’s backs is a bit of a question mark for them, but Tuilagi really could be the big, not so secret weapon which they can unleash. England have tried to adopt more of an open style, more of a running game, because that is the direction to where the Southern Hemisphere has taken the game. England have had to become more mobile, and they are. Up front, England have a great versatility about their forwards, and should be able to add that extra dimension. How far England go, will completely depend on their creativity in the backs, which does look a little limited. They have injections of pace with Chris Ashton, Ben Foden and Tuilagi, but will the system allow them to make those telling runs? Tries are so important at the World Cup, only on rare occasions has the team scoring the least amount of tries actually won a match in the tournament. Do England have that killer punch? Most likely semi final opponents will be Australia.
England Rugby World Cup Betting Value: Great value for finalists in past two tournaments

France Betting Preview
France have moved up to the fourth best team in the world in the IRB rankings and will pose their own unique brand of threat at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The French forwards are an absolute delight to watch when they are on top of the game, and when it is, they are most controlled, most technically gifted and mobile forward pack coming from the northern hemisphere. That old French flair is still there, in trying to create something from half chances deep into their own territory, but one question about them is their own mentality. They can often beat themselves, and lack confidence when going behind and really having to scrap and work hard for their spoils. They have only played two warm up matches, both back to back wins against Ireland, and they look fresh enough and determined enough to cause a lot of damage to teams. In a tough group with New Zealand, but assuming they get through in second place, it could set up a clash in the quarter finals against England, and naturally the French will be relishing that one. It could be a semi final place then against Australia in what would be an open, evenly contested game. You just never know with the French, as on their day they look absolutely brilliant, and have such a physically tough midfield. It is going to be a hard road to the final, and tough moments when character is called for, isn’t something that the French do too well at.
Rugby World Cup Betting Value: Rightly around par with England at the moment, have the flair, maybe not the mentality.

Pool A
Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Tsonga
No great surprises as to who is expected to win this. The big crunch match in the game will come down to New Zealand v France, as that should be a shoot out for the top. You can see New Zealand scoring many more tries through the Pool matches than what France will, so the French are always going to be playing catch up. It may not be too bad of a thing as it could send them into a quarter final match with England. It could be worse. You will remember France beating New Zealand in the quarter finals of the 2007 World Cup, 20-18. They have faced each other three times since then (all in 2009), with the All Blacks winning all three. Canada will try and defend as much as they can, while we can expect plenty of sprightly running from Japan. However, the top two look pretty settled here.

Sept 9th: New Zealand v Tonga
Sept 10th: France v Japan
Sept 14th: Tonga v Canada
Sept 16th: New Zealand v Japan
Sept 18th: France v Canada
Sept 12th: Tonga v Japan
Sept 24th: New Zealand v France
Sept 27th: Canada v Japan
Oct 1st: France v Tonga
Oct 2nd: New Zealand v Canada

Group Winner Odds: New Zealand 1/8 at BetFred, France 13/2 at SportingBet

Pool B
Argentina, England, Georgia, Romania, Scotland
Argentina, who finished third in the 2007 Rugby World Cup after really learning how to prove a point to the rest of the world, but don’t look anywhere near as sharp at the moment. They look a bit confused and disjointed and England will be happy enough to play them first before the Pumas get any kind of momentum behind them. England and Argentina met three times in 2009, with two wins for England and one for Argentina. We are a long way removed from those standards though, and England have only lost four matches against the Pumas, winning eleven. England are firm favourites to win the group therefore, so the crunch match here will be Argentina v Scotland. That should be a shoot out for second place. The Scots are trying to be a much more versatile and mobile side than ever before, but it is seriously still a work in progress. The Scots though have had their moments over the past twelve months, are perceived as getting tactically better, and have a full squad to pick from. Georgia and Romania are simply going to be battling it out for the wooden spoon one would think.

Sept 10th: Scotland v Romania
Sept 10th: Argentina v England
Sept 14th: Scotland v Georgia
Sept 17th: Argentina v Romania
Sept 18th: England v Georgia
Sept 24th: England v Romania
Sept 25th: Argentina v Scotland
Sept 28th: Georgia v Romania
Oct 1st: England v Scotland
Oct 2nd: Argentina v Georgia

Group Winner Odds: England 2/5 at Boylesports, Argentina 5/1 at Bet365, Scotland 5/1 at SportingBet

Pool C
Australia, Ireland, Italy, Russia, United States
The Australians will be so happy with this draw at the moment. Drawing Ireland is usually never an easy thing, but the Wallabies will have been watching the demise of Ireland with some delight. The Irish  lost all four of their warm up matches, two against France and one against both England and Scotland. Coach Declan Kidney wanted them playing as much as they could in warm ups, but it hasn’t gone well for confidence. The Irish camp are confident that the defeats will have served their purpose in making them a better side, but they really haven’t delivered and look disjointed. Only their controlled performance against England in the Six Nations has really stood out for them. Poor running lines, poor handling and decision making is hurting the Irish at the moment. The crunch match here should be Ireland v Italy, again a scrap for second place. Italy had the Irish on the ropes in the Six Nations, but oddly showed coach Nick Mallett the door ahead of the World Cup. Still not quite up to speed with the rest of the Six Nations side, but the gap isn’t too far away and they will gunning for Ireland in their final match if all goes to plan.

Sept 11th: Australia v Italy
Sept 11th: Ireland v USA
Sept 15th: Russia v USA
Sept 17th: Australia v Ireland
Sept 20th: Italy v Russia
Sept 23rd: Australia v USA
Sept 25th: Ireland v Russia
Sept 27th: Italy v USA
Oct 1st: Australia v Russia
Oct 2nd: Ireland v Italy

Group Winner Odds: Australia: 2/9 at Bet365, Ireland 4/1 at Boylesports

Pool D
Fiji, Namibia, Samoa, South Africa, Wales
Wales start off against South Africa and seem pretty confident of getting a victory there. Let’s just assume that they don’t and therefore the Welsh will be under pressure in the Pool from the very start. The thing is with Wales, they tend to fail against big teams when they get taken out of the comfort zone of the Millennium Stadium. Wales faced South Africa twice last year, and both ended in very narrow defeats by the Springboks, however, overall, Wales have an awful record against South Africa. Out of 25 meetings, Wales have won just once, drawn once and lost on 23 occasions. Wales are fit and will be buoyed by beating England during their warm ups, but the fact is that they still have a very rocky defence. The Pool may not look all that competitive, but there could be a massive underdog danger coming from Fiji and Samoa. The conditions will be familiar to Fiji and their running game could hurt Wales. The Welsh will have not too fond memories of Fiji, who have knocked them out of World Cups before. Remember Samoa too scored a famous victory over Australia not too long ago. So there could be some drama in this group. The opening match for Wales is so crucial, but South Africa are naturally not going to be any kind of pushovers. It is the Springboks who are favourites to win the group, and there could well be a very close chance behind them for second place.

Sept 10th: Fiji v Namibia
Sept 11th: South Africa v Wales
Sept 14th: Samoa v Namibia
Sept 17th: South Africa v Fiji
Sept 18th: Wales v Samoa
Sept 22nd: South Africa v Namibia
Sept 25th: Fiji v Samoa
Sept 26th: Wales v Namibia
Sept 30th: South Africa v Samoa
Oct 2nd: Wales v Fiji

Group Winner Odds: South Africa 2/9 at Bet365, Wales 5/1 at Boylesports, Samoa 20/1 at SkyBet

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Free Bets & Promotions

Popular online bookmaker Victor Chandler are warming up for the 2011 Rugby World Cup with a betting promotion for punters to get their teeth in to. Much has been made of the progress that England have made over the past twelve months or so, under the guidance of former World Cup winner Martin Johnson. England finally look a genuine threat to push deep into the competition, and who knows, win it. They have reached the final of the last two renewals, and is there better fortunes on the near rugby horizon for last year’s losing finalists? Well, take an outright winner bet on the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and if England lift the trophy, then the bookie will refund all lost bets placed on that market. So Victor Chandler will not be wanting to see England captain Lewis Moody lift the trophy at the conclusion of the final on October 23rd, because if that happens, they will be paying out of a lot of refunds. New Zealand remain the are the tournament favourites at a price of 8/15, while Tri Nations winners Australia look as if they are going to be a bigger threat than first thought at a price of 4/1. South Africa are back at 8/1, followed by France at 16/1 so there are great value options if you don’t think that England are going to win and don’t want to back them. Victor Chandler offer a free £25 bet for new customers registering an account with them. They will match the value of your first bet on a new account, up to the value of £25, giving you some nice cash to help get started.