The Rugby World Cup is underway with New Zealand a big favorite to dominate the rest of the field. New Zealand’s odds before the Rugby World Cup started were at an incredibly low +135. Should New Zealand be that big of a favorite? Check out the 2019 Rugby World Cup odds and analysis!
2019 Rugby World Cup Odds, Preview & Predictions
- When: September 20 – November 2
- Where: Japan
- Live Stream: Kayo Sports
Odds to Win the 2019 Rugby World Cup
** Odds listed before start of Rugby World Cup
- New Zealand +135
- South Africa +400
- England +450
- Wales +900
- Ireland +1000
- Australia +1400
Should New Zealand be such a short-priced favorite to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup?
Why is New Zealand such a huge favorite? On paper, no team comes close to being as formidable in the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the New Zealanders. Nicknamed the All Blacks, New Zealand searches for its third straight World Cup Championship. Led by Keiran Read, the All Blacks have won 134-of-156 matches since the end of 2007.
That’s close to amazing. There doesn’t seem to be any drop off from this year’s World Cup squad and the 2015 World Cup winning team. Not only that, but New Zealand averages 39 points per game. They’ve only scored less than 10 in a single match since the start of 2018. So, yes, New Zealand should be the low-priced favorites.
Which team between South Africa and England deserves more consideration?
Both teams are extremely talented. England could get the Cricket/Rugby World Cup double this year if they end up winning the championship. England had been the second choice behind New Zealand up until a few days before the first match.
South Africa took over as second choice. Although South Africa got the late attention, they’re in Pool A with New Zealand. England should rout their opponents in Pool C, France, USA, Argentina, and Tonga. Also, the English scored 184 points in the Six Nations earlier this year. That makes them the team to consider over South Africa.
Which team between Wales and Ireland should the bettors pick?
It’s sort of a toss up between Wales and Ireland. Both won their first matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Wales gets the slight nod over Ireland. The reason? The Welsh ran roughshod over their competition at the 2018 Six Nations. That win led to Wales reaching #1 in the World Rugby Rankings.
Although the Welsh didn’t look great leading up to the Rugby World Cup, the fact they’ve already got a victory means they’re back on track. Of the squads not named New Zealand, England, and South Africa, Wales has the best shot of winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup.