Rugby Betting Guide: Top Tips For Betting On Union And League


Rugby is quickly growing to be a strong market in betting industry and barring football it is widely followed game in the United Kingdom.

Unlike a sport like golf, rugby is divided into union and league with the former having a wider market in Northern Hemisphere while the latter is more popular in Australia.

With the game gaining greater recognition and World Rugby taking initiatives to spread the sport across the globe, we will have a detailed look on betting in rugby union.

Rugby Outright Betting Markets:

As the name suggests, rugby betting tips on union and league looks to guide your betting through the rugby competitions. The World Cup - next edition kicking-off in Japan next year is clearly the favourites for the punters in terms of betting market with the showpiece event taking place every four years. However, in the other three years, the spotlight appears on the Six Nations tournament which is the pinnacle of the Northern Hemisphere competitions.

The British and Irish Lions also attract interest globally with a combination of the best players in Europe tour Southern Hemisphere with the previous tour of New Zealand that ended 1-1 last year having record views. Apart from the traditional summer Tests and autumn internationals, a wider range of domestic competitions including Gallagher Premiership, Pro14, Top14 along with European Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup means the bettors are in continuous and wider options.

Choosing an outright winner might be tricky at times as bettors might usually go with the tournament favourites but there can be surprises like in the Six Nations tournament earlier this year when Eddie Jones' side finished fifth while Ireland went on to win the Grand Slam.

Each Way Bet

Each Way Bet will benefit the bettor when he believes a team will do really well in a competition but not confident enough that they will went on to win the tournament. This is quite popular in a tournament like World Cup, for more betting tips and news check here:

This is beneficial when you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket and instead get a payout when the team you had selected reaches the final and not necessarily winning it. For instance, if you bet on England to win the 2019 World Cup, you will be paid 1/2 of the odds even if they lose the final of the tournament.

Researching Rugby Betting Markets

The odds usually give a good indication on the favourites for the tournament. Back to back World Cup wins for the All Blacks has put them favourites once again to claim a hat-trick in Japan next year with an odd of 2.10. However, they were pushed a couple of times in the recently concluded Rugby Championship by the Springboks with Rassie Erasmus' men even beating them once.

Similarly, England at one stage were dominant with 18 consecutive wins when Eddie Jones took over as head coach but had a struggling 2018 where they lost five and managed just three wins in eight games while Australia, who reached the final of the 2015 World Cup had seven defeats this year while winning just three.

Injuries to key players, current form and group selections are the other deciding factors to be considered while making the bet with Rugby Sites at Boomtown.

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Handicap Betting

It refers to an advantage the bookmaker gives one team to make the game more balanced. The team with negative handicap must win more than the margin set while the team with positive handicap must win, draw or lose within the margin set for them to win the bet.

For example take the game between New Zealand and England to be played on 10th November at Twickenham Stadium. A -9.5 on England means they need to beat All Blacks with a margin of 10 or more while a +10 on Steve Hansen's men means they need to win or draw or lose by less than 10 points will also have a winner.

Half-time Betting

As the name suggests, you can bet on the result of the game based on the scoreline at half-time.

In-Play Betting On Rugby

In-Play Betting is another form of live betting that gives the bettor a chance to assess on what is happening before making the bet. The research and stats can sometimes leave you out of context. Hence it is preferable to watch a bit of action before taking a decision.

In rugby most of the In-Play events occur with points, the number of tries and the outright winner while major international fixtures may allow you to bet on cards, specific try scorers or even next try scorer.