International rugby results over the last few weekends have played havoc with the Rugby World Cup 2019 odds.
Only a few weeks ago, the All Blacks were regarded as the obvious favourites to win the Rugby World Cup. Now, there a few doubts if that early optimism is still an accurate reflection of current form.
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If you are a betting person, the changing odds could present you with either a risk or the opportunity to back the correct outside contender. For a more informed opinion on Rugby World Cup odds, you can find it here.
We take a look at a few results that have made selecting an outright favourite to win Rugby World Cup 2019 a little more tricky than in the previous editions of the Rugby World Cup.
Firstly, two weeks ago the Springboks came from behind to draw 16-all in Wellington. Although they did win at the same encounter in 2018, it was widely expected that they could not repeat that feat.
Last weekend, the Wallabies achieved a record win against the All Blacks in Perth by 47 points to 26. The Wallabies have been regarded as rank outsiders for success in the Rugby World Cup, but this performance has to taken into account looking forward to the tournament in Japan. A lot has been said of the Scott Barrett red card, but the reality is that the Wallabies were more than competitive in the first half before Barrett was sent off.
The Springboks have recently struggled to beat Los Pumas in Argentina. It was therefore a bit of a surprise to see them easily outplay them in Salta, winning 46 points to 13.
Cast your mind back two years and that first pool game for the Springboks against the All Blacks seemed to be an impossible task.
On Sunday, a near full-strength Wales team lost to a weakened England team at Twickenham to the tune of 33 points to 19. Wales had technically been World Rugby’s number one ranked rugby team for less than 24 hours. This loss seriously dents their credentials as possible Rugby World Cup winners.
Rugby World Cup 2019 odds won’t decide the winner
This edition of the Rugby World Cup appears to be a lot more open than initially thought. The All Blacks, Springboks, Wallabies, England, Ireland and Wales would all like to believe that they have what it takes to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy on 2 November.
Who are you putting your money on to do that?
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