Only three teams have ever won the sport’s world cup, but that does nothing to detract from the appeal of rugby world cup betting and the 2013 version of the tournament, which will be held in the UK, will be no different.
Rugby league world cup 2013 will return after a five-year break, something which is guaranteed to provoke interest in rugby league world cup betting.
Most rugby world cup betting focuses on the three powers of the game – Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
The Australians have won nine of the 13 competitions and featured in all but one of final – little wonder they dominate rugby world cup betting markets.
But those looking for variety in their rugby betting need look no further into history than 2008 when New Zealand surprised many by getting to the final, and upset most predictions, (and rugby world cup betting odds) by defeating Australia 34-20 in the final in Brisbane.
When asked about the next world cup, a spokesman for an online bookmaker observed: “New Zealand’s win [in 2008] was the first time they had won the competition, and certainly upset the rugby betting odds.
“In 2013 there will be 14 nations taking part – the largest number since the 2000 tournament, and there is sure to be value in rugby league world cup betting away from the game’s big three.
“The likes of Russia, Lebanon, Cook Islands and South Africa have taken part in the past and anyone looking to profit from their rugby world cup betting should look to the pool matches for an upset.
“There are a number of fixtures which offer value in rugby betting. The South Sea islands are always powerful, and if they can keep hold of their best players, rather than losing them to the nations who dominate rugby league world cup betting, then a free bet from a firm of online bookmakers could be worth placing on one of these sides.
“The number of free bets on offer on the internet means that looking to the likes of France to provide you with a profitable rugby betting return is a solid ploy. Interest in rugby world cup betting continues to grow all the time and punters should be mindful of using handicap betting to boost their returns..
“Unlike rugby union world cup betting, where huge, blow out results are often the norm in the group games, there has been a notable increase in talent and strength in depth in all the nations taking part in rugby league.
“Across the Channel, the game is increasingly popular and the fact the tournament is being held in the UK in 2013 means there might be extra value in your rugby betting for the courageous predictor of betting outcomes who looks for a home success.”
At present, rugby union world cup betting seems to be a bun fight between the southern hemisphere nations Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. By contrast, rugby league world cup 2013 offers canny punters plenty of scope to be successful, but don’t bet against Australia or New Zealand taking the title again.