Rugby Union Betting Tips & Previews

Rugby Union

Rugby Union is a sport played in several countries across the world. It is one of the biggest sports in the United Kingdom & Ireland, while France and Italy have also embraced the game in Europe. Rugby union is also popular in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, with the southern hemisphere sides having demonstrated their strength in various World Cups.

Betting on rugby union is widely available with bookmakers, with operators creating betting markets for the big tournaments such as the Rugby Union World Cup, Six Nations and The Rugby Championship (previously known as the Tri Nations before Argentina joined the tournament).

At a club level, there are also big tournaments that take place including Super Rugby, English Premiership, French Top 14 and the Pro14 which encompasses teams from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy and South Africa.

When you visit the Rugby Union betting section at a bookmaker website, you will always see lots of options when it comes to choosing the competition, match and betting market.

How to bet on Rugby Union

When a rugby union match is taking place, a bookmaker will offer several betting opportunities. There might be a three-way game betting market where you can choose to bet on Team A, Team B or the draw (rugby union matches rarely end in a draw so the odds might be 29.00).

Alternatively and more popularly, you can bet on the three-way or two-way handicap which means that Team A will be given a fictional points handicap to level the playing field as far as betting is concerned.

Team A might be -6 at odds of 1.91, while Team B +6 at odds of 1.91. If you bet on Team A with this example, you would need them to win by seven points or more in order to land a profit on your bet because they have been set a handicap of six points. Alternatively, you can back Team B with a six-point start which means they can afford to lose by five points and you would still win your bet.

Betting customers like the rugby union handicap betting markets as it creates a more competitive betting heat, while it’s easy enough to put these type of selections into a multiple bet should several games be taking place within a short space of time.

Should you not particularly like the handicap the bookmaker has created, there are markets called Alternative Handicap and they’re particularly good if you fancy a team to win by lots of points or alternatively a lesser-fancied team to hold their own more than the bookmaker would suggest.

Betting In-Play on Rugby Union

Most bookmakers offer live In-Play betting and that applies to rugby union markets where a match can often swing one way and then another. The bookmakers tend to see most money on handicap betting markets when a game is In-Play, with Cash Out also available should you wish to close out your bet.

In-Play betting markets on rugby union might also include the opportunity to bet on next tryscorer, next scoring play or next team to score points. The odds frequently change according to the latest score, what’s happening on the pitch and how much time has elapsed.

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