Rugby Japan World Cup full preview 2019
New Zealand favourites for hat-trick of World Cup wins
All the latest odds from SportNation.bet ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The 2019 Rugby World Cup looks set to be one of the most open editions in history with several genuine contenders ready to do battle for the famous Webb Ellis trophy.
Over a million fans will head to Japan hoping their nation become champions of the world but dedicated punters at home will have their very own ‘land of the rising sun’ experience with some matches kicking off as early as 5.45am. The hosts will be bidding to follow up on their stunning victory over South Africa in 2015 – dubbed the biggest upset in the history of the sport – in the first tournament to take place in Asia, with Northern Hemisphere sides including the top-ranked Ireland vying to add to their solitary victory in the form of England’s 2003 triumph.
SportNation.bet have run the rule over all of the major betting markets ahead of the thrilling month and a half of rugby action in Japan.
Rugby World Cup winner:
New Zealand are SportNation.bet’s pre-tournament favourite at 5/4 and can make it a hat trick of World Cup wins in Japan with Beauden Barrett and brother Jordie in scintillating form. South Africa’s impressive run of performances could put a spanner in the works though and the Springboks’ have seen their odds of winning the competition for a third time cut from 14/1 to 4/1 joint second favourites with England. The pair clash in the first Pool B fixture although there’s a twist as second place may on paper provide the easier route to the final, where the pair could well be reunited.
Rugby World Cup winner latest betting:
New Zealand: 5/4
South Africa: 4/1
*Everyone else 400/1 or above
Top try scorer:
Sevu Reece topped the Super Rugby try scoring charts, crossing the whitewash on 15 occasions earning himself a call-up to the national team. He has only played twice for New Zealand but has scored three tries and seems a dead cert for a starting wing berth. Two All Blacks shared the spoils in this market when victorious in 2015 and given their likely progress it would make sense one of the most dangerous attacking players is crowned this time around too.
Latest top try scorer latest betting:
Sevu Reece: 7/1
Rieko Ioane: 9/1
George Bridge: 10/1
Cheslin Kolbe: 11/1
Jacob Stockdale: 11/1
Jonny May: 11/1
Makazole Mapimpi: 12/1
Sbusiso Nkosi: 14/1
Beauden Barrett: 20/1
Ben Smith: 20/1
Top points scorer:
The top points scorer is likely to be decided by the boot of one player and the chances he’ll play for one of the teams expected to go the deep in the tournament. Farrell should get plenty of opportunities to add to his mammoth tally of 848 points and given South Africa may rest Handre Pollard for some of their easier group clashes, it’s easy to see why Farrell has been the most popular pick to date at the head of this market.
Top points scorer latest betting:
Owen Farrell: 7/2
Handre Pollard: 7/2
Richie Mo’unga: 6/1
Beauden Barrett: 9/1
Jonathan Sexton: 9/1
Nicolas Sanchez: 10/1
Leigh Halfpenny: 14/1
Dan Biggar: 14/1
Greig Laidlaw: 18/1
Christian Lealiifano: 22/1
Potential banana skins:
Japan delivered one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time by beating South Africa as 50/1 underdogs in Brighton during the 2015 World Cup. In a game not known for shocks, we look to identify some of the ties which could yield a surprise outcome on this occasion:
Italy v Namibia (15/1) – The African side have beaten The Azzuri on two occasions
Argentina v Tonga (20/1) Los Pumas have suffered 8 defeats to so-called tier 2 nations
Italy v Canada (9/1) Canada are another minnow who have two Italian scalps to their name
Ireland v Japan (6/1) Host nation looking to pounce on a side with a poor World Cup record
France v Tonga (20/1) Famously inconsistent France recently beaten at home by Fiji and have two ‘L’ on their record against the Tongans
SportNation.bet Rugby World Cup specials:
New record points total set (Australia 142-0 Namibia): 5/1
A player to beat the most individual tries in a tournament (8) : 6/4
New record for most points by a single player (126): 6/1
New record for most points by a single player in a match (45): 8/1
New record for most successful conversions in one game (20): 8/1
New record for most successful drop goals in tournament (8): 14/1
Final won with a drop goal: 14/1
England & South Africa (both 4/1) are the two most popular sides in the outright betting.
One SportNation.bet customer has had £4000 on England at 11/2, to return £26,000
Japan (2/1) and Fiji (8/1) to qualify from their respective groups is the pick of the shrewd money.
There has always been a side from the Southern Hemisphere in the final
The Rugby World Cup has been won seven out of eight times by a side from the Southern Hemisphere – England are the only side to win it from the Northern Hemisphere.
Every World Cup winner has had a 100% record in their group stage
Just five teams have reached the final – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England and France