Bet on Rugby Union

Rugby is said to have originated from an incident during a game of English school football at Rugby School in 1823. Back then William Webb-Ellis reportedly picked up the ball and run with it.

Although some doubts the veracity of this story, Webb-Ellis was immortalized at the school with a plaque unveiled in 1895.

Despite the anecdotal nature of the Rugby's origin, the Rugby World Cup trophy is named after Webb-Ellis. Rugby football stems from the form of game played at Rugby School, which old pupils initially took to university; Old Rugbeian Albert Pell, a student at Cambridge, is credited with having formed the first "football" team.

During this early period different schools used different rules, with former pupils from Rugby and Eton attempting to carry their preferred rules through to their universities.

The earliest countries to adopt Rugby Union were England, the country of inception, followed by the other three Home Nations, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The spread of Rugby Union as a global sport has its roots in the exporting of the game by British expatriates, military personnel and over-seas university students.

Today, Rugby Union remains very popular with tournaments such as:

  • Six Nations Championship (RBS 6 Nations)
  • European Nations Cup
  • European Challenge Cup
  • Heineken Cup

Available bets on Rugby Union

There are generally two ways to bet on Rugby Union, these are:

  • Outright Rugby Union Tournament Winner - a bet on which side will be the outright winner of a Rugby Union tournament (e.g. bet on Six Nations Champion or the European Nations Cup winner).

  • Matchup / Fixture - a bet on the winner of individual Rugby Union Fixtures or matches (e.g. bet on the winner of the match between Wales and France or Leinster and Gloucester).

In a bet on the outright winner of a Rugby Union tournament, online sports betting sites list the participating sides with their corresponding odds, just like the following:

Outright Rugby Union Tournament Winner
New Zealand 4/6
Australia 4/1
Wales 5/1
France 8/1

You just have to bet on your favorite side or the side which you think has the best chance of winning the tournament.

Let's say you, you picked Wales and placed a €20.00 bet. At odds of 5/1, if Wales wins the tournament, your €20.00 bet will win €100.00 for a total payout of €120.00 (your original bet plus your winnings).

If you bet €10.00 on France, and France wins the tournament, at odds of 8/1, your total play out will be €90.00 (€10.00 original bet plus your €80.00 winnings).

Meanwhile, in a matchup Ruby Union bet, you just have to pick the winner of a particular match. A peculiarity of the matchup Ruby Union bet is the option to bet on the Draw or Tie. Betting sites usually list the matchup of the sides with their corresponding odds, just like the following:

Home Draw Away
Leinster v Toulouse 4/5 18/1 11/10
Australia v New Zealand 5/2 20/1 1/3

Note that there are sites that list Home as "1", Draw as "X" and Away as "2".

For example you picked Leinster (Home team) to win over Toulouse (Visiting team) and placed a €10.00. If Leinster wins the match, at odds of 4/5, your €10.00 wins €8.00 for a total payout of €18.00.

In the other match, let's say you placed a €20.00 bet on New Zealand. If New Zealand wins the match against Australia, at odds of 1/3, your €20.00 bet wins €6.66 for a total payout of €26.66.

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