Since England’s victory over Australia in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup, the popularity of rugby union in the United Kingdom has exploded. There are a number of matches played every week, at both league and international level, meaning that there are now even more opportunities to place a rugby union bet.
You can place a bet on rugby union at any of the tournaments and events spread throughout the course of a season. For example, there’s Powergen Cup betting, Rugby Union Premiership betting, Six Nations betting, Heineken Cup betting, the European Challenge Cup (formerly the European Shield) betting and the World Cup (the next one will be in 2007).
Rugby union betting is not confined to the Northern Hemisphere. The game is hugely popular in the Southern half of the globe, most notably in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. You can bet on any game in any of the main domestic leagues, as well as the annual Tri-Nations Cup tournament where Australia, New Zealand and South Africa compete against each other.
As well as a wide choice of rugby union events on which to place a bet, there are also lots of different types of bet. There are win-draw-win bets, each way bets, top points scorer and top try scorer. In the Six Nations you can bet on who’s going to win the grand slam, or even on who will finish last and receive the dreaded wooden spoon!
If you’ve never placed a rugby union bet before, take a look at our Types of Rugby Union Bet page. It’ll give you some valuable tips explaining the types of bet you can place. If you find the terminology new and confusing – don’t worry! Our Rugby Union Glossary will help you get to grips with all the lingo you could possibly need.
Most bookmakers offer rugby union betting and the increasing popularity of the internet means that it’s now easy to get into online rugby union betting. Check out our Where To Bet on Rugby Union and Top Rugby Union Betting Sites page for more information.