Rugby World Cup 2023 Odds, Pools & Favourites
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France – Rugby World Cup 2023 Favourite
France has competed in every Rugby World Cup since it began in 1987, qualifying for the knock-out stage each time. They are the fifth most successful team in the tournament’s history with all the other four sides having won the tournament before on at least one occasion.
Their best performance at the event has been their three final appearances losing to New Zealand in 1987 and 2011, and to Australia in 1999. In their most recent round of fixtures, France finished second in the Six Nations to Ireland winning four of their five matches with their only defeat coming v Grand Slam Winners Ireland in Round 2 when they lost in Dublin to them 32-19.
The French were the competition’s top scorers with a staggering 174 points scored which was 23 more than Grand Slam Winners Ireland. They have been under the management of Fabien Galthié since November 2019 who boasts a win rate of 80.56% with his 29 wins and 7 defeats makes him by far the most successful coach in French history.
France heads into this World Cup as hosts of the 2023 tournament having also hosted the event in 2007 home advantage could be crucial for their World Cup prospects. You can back France at 11/4 to finally get their hands on the Web Ellis trophy on home soil in 2023.
New Zealand – 3/1
The All Blacks are the most successful team in Rugby Union history and that is often extended to being considered the most successful sports team in human history. They have won the Rugby World Cup on three occasions 1987, 2011 and 2015 and were the first country to win it three times as well as retain it.
Their historical win rate is 76% with more wins than losses v every opponent since their international debut in 1903. Furthermore, they have played test matches against 19 nations, of which 12 have never won a game against the All Blacks.
However, in recent times their domination of the sport has not been as unquestioned. Their 2022 season started when they hosted Ireland in a three-test series in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington. Ireland would win the Test Series (2–1) and it was their first test series win against the All Blacks and it was also their first test series win in New Zealand.
Despite making changes to their coaching staff, they would also lose their next game in the Rugby Championship v South Africa beating them in the return fixture but then losing to Argentina (18–25) for the first time in New Zealand.
They have since bounced back with six wins and a draw v England but despite their return to form the start of the season meant they finished 2022 with 8 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw, their worst Win/Loss record since 1998. New Zealand are currently second favourites to win the Rugby World Cup 2023 at odds of 3/1.
Ireland – 7/2
Ireland will enter this World Cup as the Number one ranked team in the world on the back of their third Grand Slam win ever in the 2023 Six Nations under Andy Farrell. The first came under Declan Kidney in 2009 and the second coming under Joe Schmidt in 2018.
It’s been inarguably the most successful period in Irish Rugby history as they continue to tick off first times for the country. Before 2016 Ireland had never beaten New Zealand before their win in the Soldier Field but since then in their eight meetings with the country, they have won five of their matches including a tour down in New Zealand.
However, despite this level of unprecedented success in Irish Rugby they have, to put it kindly, flattered to deceive at the World Cup having made nine appearances since 1987 Ireland have never been involved in the competition beyond the Quarter-Finals. Those quarter-final appearances came in 1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
Ireland’s failure to advance past the last-eight of the competition should surely be seen as an underachievement when considering the fact for the majority of rugby history there have only been around 8-10 countries playing rugby at truly an ”elite” level. The thing for Ireland at this coming World Cup is they have achieved many first throughout the year’s World Number one, Grand Slams, defeating New Zealand in New Zealand and beating them in a test series.
The one thing left for this Irish side to achieve is to get beyond a quarter-final and maybe even win a World Cup. This will be Johnny Sexton’s last ever Ireland appearance and he will want to sign off his World Class rugby career with World Cup success. Ireland have as good a chance as ever to win the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and that is reflected by odds of 7/2 in the betting.
South Africa – 5/1
The defending champions and World Number 4 side comes into this tournament with a record of 8 wins and 5 defeats from their 13 matches played in 2022 a win rate of 61.5%. Interestingly, any side they have faced more than once in 2022 they have beaten at least once.
Their most recent international came against England back in November where they had a 13-27 win in Twickenham. South Africa are the second most successful side in World Cup history following their seven appearances since 1995 they have won the event the joint most amount of times (3) winning the event in 1995, 2007 and at the most recent event in 2019.
Jacques Nienaber has been in charge of South Africa since 2020 with a win rate of 62% including 16 wins and 10 defeats. Amongst these results include their British and Irish Lions series win in 2021, Wales series win in 2022 and Rugby Championship Runner-up in 2022.
This autumn South Africa will be hoping to add another World Cup to that list with odds of 5/1 suggesting they are the fourth most likely of the top teams to get their hands on the trophy.
England – 10/1
The World Number 6 side are the most successful Northern Hemisphere side in the competition’s history. England have made nine appearances at the Rugby World Cup and are the only Northern Hemisphere side to win the competition when Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal with 26 seconds in 2003 sealed a 20-17 extra-time victory over Australia.
England are going through a period of transition following Eddie Jones’s leaving after 7 years in charge where they had a win rate of 72.8%. Steve Borthwick has been in charge since December and the Six Nations 2023 was his first test as manager where they had a record of two wins and three defeats most notably a 10-53 home thrashing at the hands of France.
England will need to improve if they’re going to have any chance of World Cup success and longer odds of 10/1 don’t suggest that their is too much confidence in this side.
Australia – 10/1
The World Number 7 country in the latest rankings are the third most successful side in the history of the competition. Australia first played in the Rugby World Cup with their debut appearance coming in 1987. The Aussies have went on to win this event twice with victories in 1991 and 1999.
Australia had a difficult 2022 season losing their test series to England back in July and then in the Rugby Championship, including being thumped by the Pumas 48-17.
Following this poor run of form the Wallabies dropped to their lowest-ever World Rugby ranking after losing to the All Blacks in Melbourne falling to ninth in September 2022. They would lose to the All Blacks again, France, Italy and Ireland in 2022.
In January 2023 Eddie Jones was re-appointed head coach of Australia replacing Dave Rennie, and returning to his former post after 17 years and 63 days, Jones will simultaneously coach the Australian women’s rugby team.
Australia are 10/1 to win the Rugby World Cup 2023 and although form might not be on their side you can never quite count the Wallabies out.
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