2023 Rugby World Cup: Early Predictions and Favorites

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Rudby 2023 World Cup is one of the top events for the sport that attracts millions of visitors. This year’s event is going to be full of surprises as multiple teams have shown that they are worthy of attending. Aside from attracting millions of viewers globally, the World Cup of Rugby 2023 will also be a great opportunity to place bets. People from all over the world place their bets in the hope that their favorite team will win. For the UK bettors, all it takes is to be 18+ and not be on Gamstop’s list. But even that’s not a problem, as getting around Gamstop is fairly easy.

If you’re interested in betting, you’re in the right way, as we’ll go over some tournament details and then examine the teams that have the highest chance of winning the World Rugby Cup 2023.

Rugby World Cup 2023 Early Predictions and Casino Betting

Rugby 2023 World Cup is a much-expected event that bettors and sports fans are looking forward to. Some famous sportsbooks have already set their picks on the potential favourites through their odds. So anyone interested in betting can already pick their outright winners. The teams in the list are:
  • France
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • England
  • Australia
  • Argentina

Some of these teams have higher chances of winning the World Cup 2023 Rugby than others, which we will explore a bit more in a section below. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the 2023 World Cup Rugby.

Background of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup came into existence in 1987 when it was held for the first time. It immediately attracted the attention of the masses due to its rough nature. Now more than three decades later, the sport has flourished as dozens of nations compete in qualifying for this event, but only the top 20 make it. The event is held every 4 years, and this time, the host of the event is France.

This is the first tournament that will be held in a single country. France has prepared 9 different venues where the top teams will clash against each other in the race to win the cup. The opening event and the Rugby World Cup Final 2023 will be held at the Stade De France. The stadium is a host to a huge range of entertainment events, and it will host the two best teams in the finals.

The competing teams are spread out in 4 pools, each of them counting 5 nations. An interesting fact is that this is the first Rugby World Cup without any representatives from North America. Neither Canada nor the U.S. managed to qualify. On the other hand, there are three representatives from South America.

Favorites of Rugby World Cup 2023

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Among the 20 teams that are in the competition, there are those that have higher prospects of winning. In this section, we’re going to examine a couple of teams that have a decent chance of winning. We’ll also mention a couple of underdogs that potentially have a chance of winning.

Defending Champions' Prospects

South Africa has had a mediocre 2022, with only 8 wins out of the 13 matches played. Still, that doesn’t mean that the team won’t be ready to win the Rugby World Cup. The reason to consider this is the fact that South Africa remains the top team when it comes to the number of appearances in this tournament. It has appeared seven times, starting in 1995. Out of those times, three were victorious ones.

With all this in mind, the team is not the top favorite at the moment. While it’s defending its title, other teams have had a better win rate for the last couple of years.

Teams with Historical Success

Even though there are 97 teams competing globally, only a few have made historical successes that put them at the top. Let’s take a look at the three teams that have managed to stand out over the years.
  • France - France’s team has been a part of every Rugby World Cup ever since 1987. While it never won it, the team’s amazing performance over the past couple of years still makes it a good candidate. On top of that, the country is the host of the event. That might be the missing motivation that the players needed.
  • New Zealand - Similarly to South Africa, New Zealand’s team has won the cup three times in the past. That was in 1987, 2011, and 2015. New Zealand’s recent scores show that the team is ready to tackle the best competitors and triumph over them.
  • Australia - With two titles under their belt, Australians are always considered a fair contender. Their triumphs in 1991 and 1999 motivate the players to achieve glory once more.

Emerging Powerhouses

When it comes to the underdogs that could potentially win the tournament, there are two possible teams ready to achieve. Ireland is on a roll with amazing 2022 and 2023 results. The team even managed to win multiple games when playing with New Zealand. But it’s their history on the Rugby World Cup that puts doubt on their success. The team never went further than the quarterfinals in the event. Hopefully, this year seems that it’s going to be a bit different.

Even though it’s a long shot, Argentina has shown two times that it can get far with its team. If it reaches the final, there’s a chance that they can win the tournament.

Factors that May Influence Predictions

When it comes to predictions, there are two primary things that can impact the current odds. Those are the team’s performances before the tournament begins and any potential injuries. In case any of the players get injured, the odds might shift, as some teams heavily rely on top performers, like in any other sport.




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