The 2019 Rugby World Cup is only two months away and with the excitement growing for the tournament we’ve got the latest odds!
The ninth Rugby World Cup starts on September 20th 2019 with Japan the host nation. This is the first time the World Cup will be held in Asia and the games will take place across 12 different stadiums.
The tournament will run for around six weeks with the final on November 2nd. 20 teams are going to take part and each will start in one of four different groups. The groups are made up of five different qualification bands in terms of rankings.
After a very exciting Six Nations, this year’s World Cup should be no different with the quality of the teams being very high!
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) July 2, 2019
New Zealand – 11/10
This year’s World Cup favourites to win the tournament outright, and rightly so. The All Blacks are ranked as the number one team in the world and have won the World Cup more than any other nation.
Two of their three World Cup wins have come in the last two competitions, 2011 and 2015. New Zealand hasn’t played a game in 2019 due to seasons starting and ending at different times in the Southern Hemisphere. They have four games before the World Cup, one against South Africa and Tonga as well as two against Australia.
New Zealand is very experienced having been to every World Cup and will start this year competition off on on the 21st September against South Africa.
England – 9/2
Eddie Jones’ side goes into this year’s World Cup as the second favourites. They were the favourites for the Six Nations this year but came second after a loss to Wales and a draw with Scotland.
England won the Rugby World Cup once back in 2003 and finished runners up four years later. The 2015 World Cup was disappointing for them when they didn’t make it out of the group stages.
England does have a squad good enough to win the tournament outright and will be looking forward to their first game against Tonga on September 22nd.
Ireland – 5/1
Just behind England in the odds is Ireland. They are currently ranked higher in the world than England, at number three. Ireland has been to the World Cup every year but has never come out on top.
Their best finish is the quarter-finals, which they have made every year bar 2007. Argentina beat them in the 2015 World Cup but only by three points! They finished third in the Six Nations this year but were beaten by both England and Wales.
Irelands fly-half Jonathan Sexton is the current holder of Rugby World Player of the Year winning the award in 2018. They will start their World Cup campaign on the 22nd September against Scotland who they beat 22-13 back in February.
Wales – 7/1
The Six Nations, Grand Slam winners and number two ranked team in the world are Wales. Like Ireland, they have never won the World Cup before but if they played like they did in the Six Nations there’s no reason this couldn’t change.
Wales’ best finish at a Rugby World Cup was third back in 1987, beating Australia by a point. In 2015 they got to the quarterfinals before getting beaten by South Africa. Wales start their Rugby World Cup campaign on September 23rd against Georgia.