From a betting perspective, the sport has taken off in recent years with a wide selection of betting markets now available, not only in Rugby Union but also in the Rugby League 13-man code, which has now branched out from its traditional winter north of England domain into summer super leagues.
Union's move from amateurism to professionalism in the last decade, along with live television exposure, has raised its profile to both the betting and sporting public. The 2007 Rugby Union World Cup is a perfect example and with England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland representing the home nations, betting interest was high with a reported £50milllion wagered domestically on the tournament.
A plethora of fixed odds markets and spreads, both on individual players, teams and matches, are available from all bookmakers, with the most popular choice being handicap betting.
In rugby or football matches it is quite common for bookmakers to offer markets on both the outright result and also the result on a handicap basis, where one team is given a points or goals start. Ideally backers should stipulate which market... more