Rugby Union Betting

The history of rugby union as we know it today can be traced back to the 19th century, when the rules were formulated and codified.  There were several key events in the early stages of rugby union’s history. The first set of written rules relating to rugby union were completed in 1845, there then followed Blackheath Club’s decision to leave the Football Association in 1863 and the formation of the Rugby Football Union in 1871.

In 1895 the game split over the payment of players, resulting in the formation of the separate code of Rugby League, with the name “Rugby Union” being used to differentiate the original rugby code. Rugby Union remained a strictly amateur code until a century later when, in 1995, it was declared an “open” game in which professionalism was sanctioned.

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The biggest tournament in international Rugby Union is the World Cup, which is contested every four years, with the next tournament taking place in Japan in 2019.  New Zealand are the current Rugby Union world champions, having won the trophy in England in 2015.

Other major Rugby Union international tournaments are the Six Nations Championship, played on an annual basis between Europe’s elite rugby playing nations (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales) and the Rugby Championship, which is also contested annually between Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Rugby Union Internationals 2018

There will be a number of Rugby Union internationals in the second half of 2018, with various tours taking place.  For the major rugby playing nations, the emphasis will be on preparation ahead of next year’s 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

There are a number of international tours taking place over the coming months, with England in South Africa, Ireland in Australia, France in New Zealand, Wales in Argentina, Scotland in Canada, USA and Argentina and Italy in Japan.

Those tour matches are followed by the Rugby Championship between the southern hemisphere giants of Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, before the year ends with further international tour matches for New Zealand in Japan, England, Ireland and Italy, Wales take on Scotland at the Millennium Stadium, and South Africa travel to England, France, Scotland and Wales.

Argentina will head to Ireland, France and Scotland and Australia will be touring in Europe to play Wales, Italy and England.  There’s also a match between Ireland and Italy scheduled to take place in Chicago.

So there’s plenty of top quality Rugby Union international action to come in 2018, which in turn means some fantastic Rugby Union betting opportunities.  There will also be plenty of rugby union Free Bets available in many of the aforementioned fixtures.

Rugby Union Free Bets

Rugby Union betting, whilst nowhere near as popular as football, is very much a growing and increasingly popular market.

Rugby Union Free Bets will be available ahead of any major international game, particularly those in the World Cup, Six Nations Championship and Rugby Championship.

You can, of course, always use a bookie’s Welcome Bonus as a Rugby Union Free Bet should you wish, while some games will be offered with seriously enhanced betting odds.

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Rugby Union Odds

With draws being something of a rarity in Rugby Union, it often pays to look beyond the ‘Match Result’ when considering Rugby Union odds for betting.

The Handicap betting market is a popular alternative, where one team is given a theoretical points advantage over the other, as is ‘Total Points’ where, as the name suggests, you are betting on the total number of points in the game (usually on an Over / Under basis).

Backing the ‘Winning Margin’, usually on either a ‘Points Spread’ or Over / Under basis, is also another good Rugby Union betting option.

England in the Rugby Union

It’s been a difficult year to date for England in Rugby Union, with them winning just two of five matches in the Six Nations Championship, despite going into the tournament as favourites to win it.

England’s Australian coach Eddie Jones is hugely respected in the game though and he will be expecting improved performances and results from his team this summer in their tour of South Africa and later visits to Twickenham from New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

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It would be a mistake to write off England too soon when it comes to Rugby Union betting in their remaining games in 2018. Again, this is all with Rugby World Cup 2019 in mind, with a nod in the direction of the Six Nations Championship 2019 too.

Rugby Union Betting Tips

If you are searching for Rugby Union betting tips, it’s worth looking at the Rugby World Cup 2019 outright betting market to see which teams are currently rated highly.

The favourites, as is invariably the case, are New Zealand, but Ireland are now generally considered their closest rivals after an impressive Six Nations Grand Slam, with England and Australia next in the betting.

Here at Freebets.UK we will have a number of Rugby Union betting tips available for the 2018 internationals, so be sure you regular check the site for further details.

Where to watch Rugby Union

England’s mid-year tests (the tour of South Africa) and end of year tests (the home games against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia) are televised live by Sky Sports.  Highlights of the end of year tests are also broadcast by the BBC.

Also on Sky Sports is the Rugby Union Championship between Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All Six Nations Championship games have been broadcast free-to-air on the BBC and ITV since 2016.

Whenever a Rugby Union international is televised live, it invariably means that there will be a wide selection of Rugby Union betting markets and Rugby Union Free Bets on offer.