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Rugby Predictions & Rugby Tips in Ireland

August 26, 2020
Modified: March 18, 2022

The game of rugby was invented in England in 1823 when a man, by the name of William Webb Ellis, picked up the ball during a game of football and started running towards the goal with it in his hands. It has gone on to become a popular sport in many countries around the world, and one such country where it is loved is the Republic of Ireland. The Irish love to play and bet on this sport, and in this rugby betting guide you will find out more about the best rugby tournaments for Irish rugby fans to bet on, the different markets available, as well as some useful Rugby Union betting tips that can help out when it comes to making rugby union betting predictions.


1. Rugby Tournaments to Look Out for2. Bet on the 2022 Six Nations Tournament
3. Bet on the 2023 Rugby World Cup4. Bet on the 2021–22 United Rugby Championship
5. What Are Rugby Predictions?6. Best Rugby Union Betting Tips
7. Why Consider Using Rugby Betting Tips8. Favourite Teams to Win in Rugby Union
9. The Top 10 Rugby Teams Right Now10. Favourites to Win the RWC
11. Favourites to Win the 6 Nations12. Rugby Union Bets You Can Place
13. FAQs

Rugby Tournaments to Look Out for at Betiton™ for Irish Players

When it comes to rugby tournaments, there are plenty that Irish rugby fans can watch and place bets on. However, just like in every other sport out there, there are some tournaments that are better than others, and below we are going to take a closer look at three of those.

Bet on the 2022 Six Nations Tournament

Every year in February and March there is the Six Nations, which is a rugby competition that sees England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Italy battle it out for the Six Nations title and the right to call themselves the best side in Europe.

All six teams play against each other once over the course of the championship, which means that there is a total of 15 matches spread out over five weekends. Home advantage is something that changes each year, so in one tournament a side will play three matches at home and in the following one they will only play two games at home. Due to the fact that Italy are the whipping boys and usually always finish last, there has been calls to replace them with either Romania or Georgia, but that does not look like it will happen any time soon.

The points system for the Six Nations is as follows – four for a victory, two for a draw, and none for a defeat. There is an additional bonus point awarded to a side that scores four tries in a game, and if a side loses by fewer than seven, they will get a losing bonus point. A side tha1t gets the Grand Slam will get three extra bonus points to ensure they finish at the top of the table.

Below you can find a table with the full fixtures list for the 2022 6 Nations. If you are considering placing any type of wager on the 2022 6 Nations, pay attention to this table and note down any matches that pique your interest and that you are interested in doing some online rugby betting on.

DateMatchTime (GMT)PointsWinner
5th February 2022Ire v Wal (Aviva Stadium)14:1529-7Ire
5th February 2022Scot v Eng (BT Murrayfield)16:4520-17Scot
6th February 2022Fra v Ita (Stade de France)15:0037-10Fra
12th February 2022Wal v Scot (Principality Stadium)14:1520-17Wal
12th February 2022Fra v Ire (Stade de France16:4530-24Fra
13th February 2022Ita v Eng (Stadio Olimpico)15:000-33Eng
26th February 2022Scot v Fra (BT Murrayfield)14:15TBATBA
26th February 2022Eng v Wal (Twickenham)16:45TBATBA
27th February 2022Ire v Ita (Aviva Stadium)15:00TBATBA
11th March 2022Wal v Fra (Principality Stadium)20:00TBATBA
12th March 2022Ita v Scot (Stadio Olimpico)14:15TBATBA
12th March 2022Eng v Ire (Twickenham)16:45TBATBA
19th March 2022Wal v Ita (Principality Stadium)14:15TBATBA
19th March 2022Irel v Scot (Aviva Stadium)16:45TBATBA
19th March 2022Fra v Eng (Stade de France)20:00TBATBA

Bet on the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Every four years, the biggest rugby competition in the world rolls in and rugby fans from all over the world enjoy making Rugby Union betting predictions for the Rugby World Cup. The last edition of this tournament was played in 2019 in Japan, and the final saw England take on South Africa with the latter coming out on top 32-12. It was a stunning performance from the South Africans, and they were deserved World Champions. England, on the other hand, ran out of steam after putting on a fantastic show against New Zealand in the semi-final, winning 19-7.

There will be 20 teams competing at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, with each side being drawn into one of four groups with five teams in it. This means that each side plays four matches in the Group Stage, and then the top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. The same points system is in use as is used in the Six Nations – four for winning, two for a draw, zero for a defeat, and a bonus point for scoring four tries or losing by fewer than seven.

Below we have given you the 2023 Rugby World Cup fixtures, and if you are thinking about placing a wager on the 2023 Rugby World Cup, then we recommend that you take a look at these fixtures and make a bookmark of any game that takes your fancy, so you do not forget about them.

DateMatchPoolTime (GMT)
8th SeptemberFra v NZ (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)A20:00
9th SeptemberIta v South Africa 1 (Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne)A12:00
9th SeptemberIre v Europe 2 (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)B14:30
9th SeptemberAus v Europe 1 (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)C17:00
9th SeptemberEng v Arg, (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)D20:00
10th SeptemberJap v America 2 (Stadium de Toulouse, Toulose)D12:00
10th SeptemberSA v Scot (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)B16:45
10th SeptemberWal v Fiji (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)C20:00
14th SeptemberFra v Uru (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)A20:00
15th SeptemberNZ v Africa 1 (Stadium de Toulouse, Toulose)A20:00
16th SeptemberSam v Americas 2 (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)D14:00
16th SeptemberWal v Final Qualifier Winner (Stade de Nice, Nice)C16:45
16th SeptemberIre v Asia/Pacific 1 (Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes)B20:00
17th SeptemberSA v Europe 2 (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)B14:00
17th SeptemberAus v Fiji (Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne)C16:45
17th SeptemberEng v Jap (Stade de Nice, Nice)D20:00
20th SeptemberIta v Uru (Stade de Nice, Nice)A16:45
21st SeptemberFra v Africa 1 (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)A20:00
22nd SeptemberArg v Sam (Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne)D16:45
23rd SeptemberEurope 1 v Final Qualifier Winner (Stadium de Toulose, Toulose)C13:00
23rd SeptemberEng v Americas 2 (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)D16:45
23rd SeptemberSA v Ire (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)B20:00
24th SeptemberSco v Asia/Pacific 1 (Stade de Nice, Nice)B16:45
24th SeptemberWal v Aus (OL Stadium, Lyon)C20:00
27th SeptemberUru v Africa 1 (OL Stadium, Lyon)A16:45
28th SeptemberJap v Sam (Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse)D20:00
29th SeptemberNZ v Ita (OL Stadium, Lyon)A20:00
30th SeptemberArg v Americas 2 (Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes)D14:00
30th SeptemberFiji v Europe 1 (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)C16:45
30th SeptemberScot v Europe 2 (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)B20:00
1st OctoberAus v Final Qualifier Winner (Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne)C16:45
1st OctoberSA v Asia/Pacific 1 (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)B20:00
5th OctoberNZ v Uru (OL Stadium, Lyon)A20:00
6th OctoberFra v Ita (OL Stadium, Lyon)A20:00
7th OctoberWal v Europe 1 (Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes)C14:00
7th OctoberEng v Sam (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)D16:45
7th OctoberIre v Scot (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)B20:00
8th OctoberJap v Arg (Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes)D13:00
8th OctoberAsia/Pacific 1 v Europe 2 (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)B16:45
8th OctoberFiji v Final Qualifier Winner (Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse)C20:00
14th OctoberWinner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)Quarter-Final 116:00
14th OctoberWinner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)Quarter-Final 220:00
15th OctoberWinner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)Quarter-Final 316:00
15th OctoberWinner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)Quarter-Final 420:00
20th OctoberWinner Quarter-Final 1 v Winner Quarter-Final 2 (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)Semi-Final 120:00
21st OctoberWinner Quarter-Final 3 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)Semi-Final 220:00
27th OctoberRunner-up Semi-Final 1 v Runner-Up Semi-Final 2 (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)Bronze Final 120:00
28th OctoberWinner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)Final 120:00

As you can see from the above table, not all of the participants are known yet as some teams still have to pass through a qualifying round. When these teams are known, we will return to the table and update it accordingly for you.

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Bet on the 2021–22 United Rugby Championship

This competition used to be called the Pro 14, but in 2021 its name was changed to the United Rugby Championship. There are 16 teams that take part in this competition, and these are Leinster, Connacht, Ulster, and Munster (Ireland), Zebre Parma and Benetton (Italy), Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff, Scarlets, Ospreys, and Dragons (Wales), and Lions, Sharks, Stormers, and Bulls (South Africa).

The tournament is made up of 18 rounds and there are 4 regional pools that are: Welsh Shield pool, Irish Shield pool, South African Shield pool, and the Scottish/Italian Shield pool. Each side plays six games against the other teams in their pool both home and away, while the other twelve matches are a single round robin that is made up six home and six away games against the other teams from the other pools. There is one league table, and the top eight teams once all group matches have been played will advance to the quarter-finals.

Just like with the Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup, four points are given for winning, two for a draw, and zero for a loss. If a side scores four tries in a game, then they will get a try scoring bonus point and if a side loses by fewer than seven, then they will get one losing bonus point.

In the tables below, you can find a complete fixtures list for the 2021/2022 United Rugby Championship. We have provided you with this extensive list so that you can take a good look at it and then bookmark any matches that you are interested in wagering on.

Round 1:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
24th September 2021Zebre Parma v Lions (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)17:35
24th September 2021Ulster v Glasgow Warriors (Kingspan Stadium)19:35
24th September 2021Cardiff v Connacht (Cardiff Arms Park)19:35
25th September 2021Benetton v Stormers (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)13:00
25th September 2021Leinster v Bulls (Aviva Stadium)17:15
25th September 2021Edinburgh v Scarlets (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)17:15
25th September 2021Munster v Sharks (Thomond Park)19:35
26th September 2021Dragons v Ospreys (Rodney Parade)14:00

Round 2:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
1st October 2021Connacht v Bulls (Galway Sportsground)19:35
1st October 2021Scarlets v Lions (Parc y Scarlets)19:35
2nd October 2021Benetton v Edinburgh (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)13:00
2nd October 2021Glasgow Warriors v Sharks (Scotstoun Stadium)15:00
2nd October 2021Zebre Parma v Ulster (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)17:15
2nd October 2021Ospreys v Cardiff (Liberty Stadium)19:35
2nd October 2021Munster v Stormers (Thomond Park)19:35
3rd October 2021Dragons v Leinster (Rodney Parade)14:00

Round 3:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
8th October 2021Ulster v Benetton (Kingspan Stadium)19:35
8th October 2021Ospreys v Sharks (Liberty Stadium)19:35
9th October 2021Leinster v Zebre Parma (RDS Arena)13:00
9th October 2021Glasgow Warriors v Lions (Scotstoun Stadium)15:00
9th October 2021Connacht v Dragons (Galway Sportsground)17:15
9th October 2021Edinburgh v Stormers (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)17:15
9th October 2021Cardiff v Bulls (Cardiff Arms Park)19:35
10th October 2021Scarlets v Munster (Parc y Scarlets)14:00

Round 4:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
15th October 2021Ulster v Lions (Kingspan Stadium)19:35
15th October 2021Dragons v Stormers (Rodney Parade)19:35
16th October 2021Zebre Parma v Glasgow Warriors (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)13:00
16th October 2021Benetton v Ospreys (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)15:00
16th October 2021Leinster v Scarlets (RDS Arena)17:15
16th October 2021Edinburgh v Bulls (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)17:15
16th October 2021Munster v Connacht (Thomond Park)19:35
16th October 2021Cardiff v Sharks (Cardiff Arms Park)19:35

Round 5:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
22nd October 2021Scarlets v Benetton (Parc y Scarlets)19:35
22nd October 2021Glasgow Warriors v Leinster (Scotstoun Stadium)19:35
23rd October 2021Zebre Parma v Edinburgh (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)13:00
23rd October 2021Zebre Parma v Edinburgh (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)13:00
23rd October 2021Connacht v Ulster (Aviva Stadium)17:15
23rd October 2021Cardiff v Dragons (Cardiff Arms Park)17:15
23rd October 2021Ospreys v Munster (Liberty Stadium)19:35
3rd December 2021Sharks v Bulls (Kings Park Stadium)19:00
4th December 2021Stormers v Lions (Cape Town Stadium)17:00

Round 6:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
26th November 2021Connacht v Ospreys (Galway Sportsground)19:35
27th November 2021Benetton v Glasgow Warriors (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)13:00
27th November 2021Dragons v Edinburgh (Rodney Parade)17:15
27th November 2021Leinster v Ulster (RDS Arena)20:00
26th November 2021Connacht v Ospreys (Galway Sportsground)19:35
12th March 2022Stormers v Zebre Parma (Cape Town Stadium)13:00
12th March 2022Sharks v Scarlets (Kings Park Stadium)13:00
12th March 2022Bulls v Munster (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)13:00
12th March 2022Lions v Cardiff (Ellis Park Stadium)13:00

Round 7:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
3rd December 2021Edinburgh v Benetton (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)19:35
3rd December 2021Leinster v Connacht (RDS Arena)19:35
4th December 2021Ospreys v Ulster (Liberty Stadium)15:00
4th December 2021Glasgow Warriors v Dragns (Scotstoun Stadium)17:15
19th March 2022Bulls v Scarlets (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)13:00
19th March 2022Sharks v Zebre Parma (Kings Park Stadium)13:00
19th March 2022Lions v Munster (Ellis Park Stadium)13:00
19th March 2022Stormers v Cardiff (Cape Town Stadium)13:00

Round 8:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
24th December 2021Zebre Parma v Benetton (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)17:00
22nd January 2022Lions v Sharks (Ellis Park Stadium)13:00
22nd January 2022Bulls v Sharks (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)15:05
TBCCardiff v Scarlets (Cardiff Arms Park)TBC
TBCGlasgow Warriors v Edinburgh (Scotstoun Stadium)TBC
TBCMunster v Leinster (Thomond Park)TBC
TBCOspres v Dragons (Liberty Stadium)TBC
TBCUlster v Connacht (Kingspan Stadium)TBC

Round 9:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
1st January 2022Connacht v Munster (Galway Sportsgrounds)17:15
1st January 2022Scarlets v Ospreys (Parc y Scarlets)17:15
5th February 2022Bulls v Lions (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)13:00
5th February 2022Stormers v Sharks (Cape Town Stadium)15:05
TBCBenetton v Zebre Parma (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)TBC
TBCDragons v Cardiff (Rodney Parade)TBC
TBCEdinburgh v Glasgow Warriors (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)TBC
TBCUlster v Leinster (Kingspan Stadium)TBC

Round 10:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
8th January 2022Edinburgh v Cardiff (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)15:00
8th January 2022Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys (Scotstoun Stadium)17:15
8th January 2022Munster v Ulster (Thomond Park)19:35
25th January 2022Zebre Parma v Bulls (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)17:30
25th January 2022Leinster v Lions (RDS Arena)19:35
26th January 2022Connacht v Stormers (Galway Sportsgrounds)13:00
26th January 2022Benetton v Sharks (Stadio Comunale di Monigo15:05
TBCScarlets v Dragons (Parc y Scarlets)TBC

Round 11:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
28th January 2022Dragons v Benetton (Rodney Parade)19:35
28th January 2022Ulster v Scarlets (Kingspan Stadium)19:35
29th January 2022Lions v Bulls (Ellis Park Stadium)13:00
29th January 2022Connacht v Glasgow Warriors (Galway Sportsground)14:55
29th January 2022Sharks v Stormers (Kings Park Stadium)15:05
29th January 2022Zebre Parma v Munster (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi17:00
29th January 2022Ospreys v Edinburgh (Liberty Stadium)17:15
29th January 2022Cardiff v Leinster (Cardiff Arms Park)19:35

Round 12:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
12th February 2022Lions v Stormers (Ellis Park Stadium)13:00
12th February 2022Bulls v Sharks (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)15:05
18th February 2022Cardiff v Zebre Parma (Cardiff Arms Park)19:35
19th February 2022Munster v Edinburgh (Thomond Park)15:00
19th February 2022Leinster v Ospreys (RDS Arena)17:00
19th February 2022Scarlets v Connacht (Parc y Scarlets)19:35
19th February 2022Glasgow Warriors v Benetton (Scotstoun Stadium)19:35
20th February 2022Dragons v Ulster (Rodney Parade)14:00

Round 13:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
4th March 2022Ulster v Cardiff (Ravenhill Stadium)19:35
4th March 2022Edinburgh v Connacht (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)19:35
5th March 2022Benetton v Leinster (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)12:55
5th March 2022Munster v Dragons (Thomond Park)15:00
5th March 2022Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors (Parc y Scarlets)17:15
5th March 2022Ospreys v Zebre Parma (Liberty Stadium)14:00
9th April 2022Stormers v Bulls (Cape Town Stadium)13:00
9th April 2022Sharks v Lions (Kings Park Stadium)15:05

Round 14:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
25th March 2022Lions v Ospreys (Ellis Park Stadium)16:00
25th March 2022Munster v Benetton (Musgrave Park)19:35
26th March 2022Stormers v Ulster (Cape Town Stadium)13:00
26th March 2022Zebre Parma v Scarlets (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)13:00
26th March 2022Sharks v Edinburgh (Kings Park Stadium)15:05
26th March 2022Bulls v Dragons (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)17:15
26th March 2022Cardiff v Glasgow Warriors (Cardiff Arms Park)17:15
26th March 2022Connacht v Leinster (Galway Sportsground)19:35

Round 15:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
1st April 2022Sharks v Dragons (Kings Park Stadium)18:30
1st April 2022Glasgow Warriors v Zebre Parma (Scotstoun Stadium)19:35
2nd April 2022Bulls v Ulster (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)13:00
2nd April 2022Benetton v Connacht (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)13:00
2nd April 2022Lions v Edinburgh (Ellis Park Stadium)15:05
2nd April 2022Stormers v Ospreys (Cape Town Stadium)17:15
2nd April 2022Leinster v Munster (RDS Arena)19:00
2nd April 2022Scarlets v Cardiff (Parc y Scarlets)19:35

Round 16:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
22nd April 2022Stormers v Glasgow Warriors (Cape Town Stadium)17:15
22nd April 2022Ulster v Munster (Ravenhill Stadium)19:35
22nd April 2022Edinburgh v Zebre Parma (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)19:45
23rd April 2022Bulls v Benetton (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)13:00
23rd April 2022Dragons v Scarlets (TBC)15:00
23rd April 2022Lions v Connacht (Ellis Park Stadium)15:05
23rd April 2022Sharks v Leinster (Kings Park Stadium)17:15
23rd April 2022Cardiff v Ospreys (TBC)17:15

Round 17:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
29th April 2022Bulls v Glasgow Warriors (Loftus Versfeld Stadium)18:00
29th April 2022Munster v Cardiff (Musgrave Park)19:35
30th April 2022Lions v Benetton (Ellis Park Stadium)13:00
30th April 2022Sharks v Connacht (Kings Park Stadium)15:05
30th April 2022Zebre Parma v Dragons (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi)15:05
30th April 2022Stormers v Leinster (Cape Town Stadium)16:15
30th April 2022Ospreys v Scarlets (Liberty Stadium)17:15
30th April 2022Edinburgh v Ulster (Edinburgh Rugby Stadium)19:35

Round 18:

DateMatchTime (GMT)
TBCBenetton v Cardiff (Stadio Comunale di Monigo)TBC
TBCConnacht v Zebre Parma (Galway Sportsground)TBC
TBCDragons v Lions (Rodney Parade)TBC
TBCGlasgow Warriors v Munster (Scotstoun Stadium)TBC
TBCLeinster v Edinburgh (RDS Arena)TBC
TBCOspreys v Bulls (Liberty Stadium)TBC
TBCScarlets v Stormers (Parc y Scarlets)TBC
TBCUlster v Sharks (Ravenhill Stadium)TBC

As you can see from some of the tables above, there is some information missing and we shall update those as soon as we know ourselves. Additionally, when we know the eight teams that have made it to the quarter-finals, we will provide you with a table of fixtures for that round too, so you know when the matches will be played should you opt to place any wagers on them.

What Are Rugby Predictions?

Now, you might think that this is a super silly question, but you would be surprised at how many times someone has searched on Google for the answer to this question. So, because of this, we thought that we would quickly address it for you. Rugby betting tips, are simply tips for betting on rugby that are given by those who consider themselves to be quite well-versed in the matter. It really is as simple as that. Now, you are obviously not being forced to make use of any betting tips rugby, but you will be doing yourself a favour if you do as they can help you to place more educated bets, which have a higher chance of being successful.

What Are the Best Rugby Union Betting Tips?

There are plenty of useful rugby union betting tips out there, but some are more useful than others, in our opinion. Thus, below we are going to take a look at three great rugby tips that you should always keep in mind when you are placing bets on a rugby game. Once again, you can disregard the following rugby union tips guide if you like, but you would be helping yourself out greatly if you do not.

Pay Attention to the Players’ Form

Many novice rugby gamblers will jump straight in and place wagers on a game without doing any research, and then be surprised that they are losing the majority of their bets. They then go and make the same mistake when placing football predictions or predictions for any other sport. If you place wagers on a side or player to come out on top in a game just based on their reputation, then you are setting yourself up to fail. Yes, class is permanent, but rugby teams, much like teams from all other sports, go through dips in form.

Therefore, when you are thinking about making a bet on a rugby game, you should take some time to analyse the form of those players who will be taking part. If a team’s main players have been out of form lately, do not waste your money by betting on them. Okay, there is a chance that they will go on and find form in this match and you will regret not placing a bet on them, but trust us when we tell you that it is not worth the risk.

Analyse the Teams That Are Playing

As well as the form of the players from the side that you want to bet on, there is something else that you need to check out when you are thinking about wagering on rugby, whether it is men or women rugby, and this is the injury and suspension list of the side that you are gambling on. Obviously, if a side is missing many of their key players because of injuries and suspension, they are going to struggle to perform to the high standards that they usually do, and have a higher risk of losing the game.

Also, if you are thinking about placing wagers that relate to the number of tries scored or the number of overall points scored by a side, you should take the time to check out how they have been doing as of late. If they have been struggling to score tries in their last five matches, then it really does not make any sense to put your money on a high-scoring game. If, on the other hand, they have been scoring for fun, then by all means consider taking advantage of the odds that are on offer and putting your hard-earned cash on a prediction of a high scoring game.

Don’t Forget to Check the Venue

There is something that you should always pay attention to when you are betting on a rugby game, and this is the venue that the game is being played at. Obviously, like in other sports, the side that is at home will have the home advantage and this is usually reflected in the odds that are available. When you are wagering on a rugby game, you should look at how well the home side plays at home and whether the away side struggles when on their travels.

For example, if you are gambling on the Six Nations, then the English national team and the Welsh team are often very good at home. In fact, they are so good that we do not recommend that you bet against the English or the Welsh to lose at home. On the other hand, the Scottish usually struggle away from home, so this is something that you might want to keep in mind when making a prediction for a championship such as the Six Nations. Then you have the Italians, who do not win many games of rugby and are usually thrashed, whether they are playing at home or away. Although, they do give a much better account of themselves when playing at home.

Why Should You Consider Using Rugby Betting Tips?

So, there is a chance that you are sitting there still wondering to yourself just why it is that you should make use of rugby betting tips. Well, read on and we are going to provide you with four great reasons why you should consider using rugby betting tips when you are making your rugby union predictions. These reasons also apply for golf betting tips or tips for any other popular sport.

You Will Be Taking Advantage of Someone Else’s Expertise

To become an expert bettor in any sport takes a lot of patience and time, which is something that you might not have a lot of yourself. So, if you come across someone who gives out free rugby predictions and it is clear that they know what they are talking about, then it would be quite foolish to not pay any attention to what they are telling you. Many people who make regular rugby predictions will have their success rate written somewhere on the page, so you will be able to get a good idea as to just how successful they are when it comes to making a prediction.

You Will Be Saving Yourself Tons of Time

Before you go ahead and place a bet on a rugby match, whether it is for a match in one of the competitions that we mentioned above or for a game in another tournament such as Super Rugby with the Crusaders or the Waratahs or Premiership Rugby with the Leicester Tigers or Saracens, you need to do research to make sure that you are placing the best prediction that you possibly can. If you make use of rugby union expert tips, then that research has already been done for you which will end up saving you an awful lot of time. All that you need to do is read their rugby predictions, find something that you like the look of, and put your money on it.

Tipsters Will Provide You with Great Odds

When you are wagering on sports, it is important that you take advantage of the best odds around as this is how you make sure that you get the most profit from any winning wagers that you make. It is always important to find the value bets when you are gambling, but this is not something that comes naturally to most people. By value bet, we mean a bet where the chances of the outcome happening are much higher than the odds would suggest. All of the best rugby predictors out there will be able to spot a value bet a mile off, and then you can take advantage of those great odds all for free.

You’ll Have a Lower Chance of Losing Your Bets

Obviously, when you place bets there is a chance that you will be on the losing end. This is what gambling is all about. Now, if you are placing bets on rugby using your own research and knowledge and you are not an experienced rugby bettor, there is a chance that you will lose more often than you will be a winner. However, if you take advantage of rugby union expert tips and predictions that have been written by experienced rugby fans and bettors, then you will definitely decrease your odds of losing.

Who Are the Favourite Teams to Win in Rugby Union?

When it comes to rugby, there is one side above all that the other teams want to face and beat and that is New Zealand. This is because they have been the best side in world rugby for a long time now, and if a side wants a true test of their talent, then there is no better team to play than the Kiwis. Even those rugby fans who are not from New Zealand, or Aotearoa as they are known as to the native Māori people, love to watch them play because they play the sport with a smile on their face and will often score tries that leaves everyone in attendance in complete awe.

When someone beats New Zealand, it is often considered to be quite the big deal. For example, England shocked the rugby world in 2019 when they dismantled New Zealand in the semi-final to book a place in the final. Ireland has also had some recent success against New Zealand as of late, having beaten them in the Autumn Internationals in 2018 and 2021.

Another top side is South Africa, who are the current World Champions. In 2019, they went into the Rugby World Cup with not many giving them a chance of lifting the title, but they all pulled together and got better and better as the tournament wore on. They have won the Rugby World Cup three times and the Rugby Championship four times. Any side that comes up against South Africa will know that they are in for a bruising encounter.

England can also consider themselves favourites to be victorious when it comes to rugby matches. In fact, you will not find many bookmakers that will have the English team as the underdogs for a game, unless they are playing the likes of New Zealand or South Africa. When it comes to popular rugby competitions such as the Six Nations or the Rugby World Cup, England are usually up there as one of the favourites to go on to lift the title. They are the only side from the Northern Hemisphere who have won the Webb Ellis Trophy.

The Top 10 Rugby Teams Right Now

It is always handy to know who the top ranked teams are when you are gambling as you can then place bets according to this knowledge. The rankings are based on how a side has been performing with their most recent results and more significant matches carrying more points to reflect the competitive state of a team. Obviously, a side that sits at the top of the world rankings is one that has been performing better than one that sits in seventh or eighth place.

So, with this in mind, we have decided to provide you with a table that shows the top ten ranked Rugby teams at the time of writing.

1stSouth Africa90.61
2ndNew Zealand88.75

Who Are the Favourites to Win the RWC?

At the time of writing, New Zealand are the favourites to lift the 2023 World Cup, but France and England are not too far behind them. The opening game of the Rugby World Cup sees the host nation, France, take on the Kiwis and this really should be a mouth-watering clash. South Africa are just behind England and the French when it comes to outright odds, while the likes of Ireland, Australia, and Wales are outside bets.

Below you can find a table that showcases the previous winners of the Rugby World Cup. Whenever you are betting it is always useful to check out which teams have won it in the past as this can give you a good idea as to who might perform well in one of the next editions.


Who Are the Favourites to Win the 6 Nations?

France are the favourites to lift the 2022 Six Nations, which would be the first time that they have won it since 2010. As usual, England are not too far behind, while Ireland are considered third favourites to go on to lift the title. Once again, we have provided you with a table that showcases the previous winners of the 6 Nations as this can help when you are making live wagers. This table goes back to 2000 as this was when the competition turned from the 5 Nations into the 6 Nations.

DateWinnerRunner-upGrand Slam

What Rugby Union Bets Can You Place at Betiton™ for Irish Punters?

What makes betting on rugby so popular among sports bettors is the fact that there is just so much that they can put their money on. If you could only bet on a side to be victorious, then things would get quite stale pretty quickly. Below we have listed some of the most popular types of rugby bets that you will come across and then underneath that list we have explained each one for you. If you are going to start betting on rugby matches, then an Irish betting tip that we have for you is to alternate between these markets as this will help you keep things nice and fresh.

  • Outright bet: With such a bet, what you are doing is putting money on the side that you think will go on to rise to challenge that lies in front of them and lift the title. For example, if you make a prediction that the Crusaders will go on to lift the Super Rugby title in 2022 and they do, then you will land your bet.
  • Head-to-Head/Win: With a winning bet you are simply choosing one of the two teams playing in a match that you think will go on to be victorious in the game. For instance, if you are betting on the Scottish Premiership, which is the premier rugby domestic tournament in Scotland, and you bet on Currie to beat the Glasgow Hawks, and they go on to do so, you will land your bet.
  • Handicap: Sometimes the odds for a game will not be worth paying much attention to because one side is a huge favourite while the other is a big underdog. In such a situation, you can hand a disadvantage to the favourites by giving them a points deficit before the game starts. For example, you can give a side a minus 10 deficit, which means that they have to win by at least 11 for you to land the bet. This is essentially how a handicap wager works.
  • Tryscorer: With such a wager, you are betting on a player that you think will score a try for their side. You can also put money on who you think will score the first try in a game.
  • Total match points: With this market, you will put money on the total number of points that are scored between two sides. The bookmaker will usually give you a figure and then it is up to you to decide whether it will be over or under that total. Take a look at rugby betting previews to see what type of scoring form the sides are in.
  • Accumulator: If you want to place bets on games but the odds are low because most of the sides are heavy favourites to win, then you can opt for the accumulator option. With such an options, you choose the sides that you think will be victorious and all their odds will be multiplied together and added to the betting slip preview, meaning that you will be able to take advantage of higher odds than if you were bet on each singularly. However, you need every prediction to come true to land an accumulator.


What is special about rugby?

Rugby is a special sport because it is a really entertaining sport despite the fact that it can be brutal at times. Also, it is nice to see the officials treated with the utmost respect regardless of their decision, which is more than can be said for other sports.

How do you place a wager on rugby?

Placing a wager on rugby is simple. All you have to do is find a market you want to put your money on, click on it so that it is added to the betting slip, and then decide how much you want to stake before clicking on submit.

Is there a draw in rugby?

It is a rarity, but yes, it is possible to draw in rugby. If the match is in a league situation or part of a group-stage match, the final score will be a draw. If it is a match which requires a winner however, extra time and even penalty shootouts are played. A famous case of a match going to a shootout was the 2009 semi-final of the Heineken Cup, when Leicester Tigers beat Cardiff Blues after a draw of 26-26 after extra time.

How do people get betting tips?

Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, people can come across rugby betting tips simply by doing a Google search for them.

How do I win a bet every time?

While we wish we had the answer to this question, the truth of the matter is that it is not possible to guarantee a win all of the time. However, you can increase your chances by taking advantage of a game preview and rugby union expert tips.

What is the easiest bet to win?

There is no easy bet to win. If winning was simple, everyone would be making a living from betting on their favourite sporting events.

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