The first recorded game of Rugby football in the country was on July 25, 1839. The Sydney University club, the first recognized club, was formed in 1864. By 1874 there were enough clubs for the formation of the Sydney Metropolitan competition playing Rugby Football Union rules.
In 1996 Rugby Union became a professional sport.
The country's national Rugby Union team is called Wallabies. The team has competed in the Bledisloe Cup, between Australia and New Zealand, which since 1996 has been part of the Tri Nations Series.
The Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987 and is now held every four years. Australia won the Rugby World Cup in 1991 and 1999.
Meanwhile, the Mandela Challenge Plate began in 2000, which started as a minor tournament involving Australia and South Africa. From 2006 onwards, it was contested in the Tri Nations alongside the Bledisloe Cup.
The Super 14 (previously the Super 12) is the country's premier provincial rugby competition. It consists of 4 Australian teams (Queensland Reds, New South Wales Waratahs, the Brumbies and Western Force), along with 5 teams each from New Zealand and South Africa.
With a wide variety of events to choose from, Rugby Union punters will never run out of betting options.
A bettor predicts which team will win a match or the championship. Popular Rugby union events include the Rugby World Cup, the Tri Nations, Super 14 and Six Nations (6 Nations).
First Scoring Play
The bettor chooses how the first score will be made - whether it's a try, a penalty kick or a drop goal. This type of bet is available per half.
First Team to Score
The bettor simply selects which team scores first. This type of bet is available per half.
Exact Winning Margin
The bettor simply selects the exact winning margin of a team.
In addition to these popular Rugby Union bets, there are other Rugby Union bets that should be considered like half-time margin, highest scoring half, total points (whether odd or even), first team to a certain number of points, etc.
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