The Rugby Championships 2017 kicks off on the 19th August and will run through to the 7th October. The four teams are the South African Springboks, the New Zealand All Blacks, the Australian Wallabies and the Argentinian Puma’s. We take a look at the teams, predictions and their betting odds:

Rugby Championship Betting Odds

Team (Odds)   Team (Odds) Venue
South Africa (4/10) v Australia (22/10) Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Argentina (15/2) v New Zealand (1/12) Estadio Jose Amalfitani

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New Zealand

New Zealand will go into this year’s Rugby Championship as favourites yet again. Since the start of the Rugby Championship, with the inclusion of Argentina in 2012, New Zealand has dominated the competition losing just 2 matches in their 27 starts and being crowd champion on 4 out of 5 occasions.

Ryan Crotty, Ben Smith and Nehe Milner-Skudder return from injury and with Sonny Bill Williams back from suspension, the backline has more experience than that which finished the Lions series.

The recent tour of the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand ended in series draw and shows with the right defense patterns and pressure, the All Blacks are beatable.

Current Betting odds for New Zealand to win overall: 1/25

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The Wallabies have had a tough time in the past 12 months winning 8 and losing 7 matches, which includes a recent loss to Scotland in Sydney. Newly appointed captain Hooper will need to lead his team as they look to claim the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.  Head coach Cheika has named seven uncapped players in his 34 man squad with the aim of building a side to contest in the 2019 World Cup.

“I have never been less confident that we will beat the All Blacks,” former Wallabies captain Andrew Slack told Reuters in a recent interview.

Current betting odds for Australia to win overall: 50/1

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South Africa

The Springboks have also had a very tough 12 months winning just 5 of their last 12 games which included losses to Italy and Wales. This year there has been some positive signs of improvements with a 3-0 series victory over France in June, but they will need to continue this cohesive playing style and show further progress if they wish to challenge for the title.

France might have been disrupted a bit by their club finals, but they are not a bad team, and the Boks looked pretty good beating them in June, and with the changes to their coaching set up should be a much stronger prospect than last year when they managed just two wins.

The last time the Springboks lifted silverware was in 2009 when they won the Tri Nations. Since the inception of the Rugby Championship the Springboks have won just 12 of the 27 matches played.

Current betting odds for South Africa to win overall: 8/1

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Argentina has shown glimpses of brilliance over the years and with the inclusion of the Jaguares in Super Rugby much has been expected from them in the Rugby Championship. Unfortunately they have only won 3 matches since they joined Rugby Championship in 2012.

Argentina recently lost 3-0 to an under strength English side and although they might prove to be difficult to beat at home they are unlikely to cause any upsets this year.

Current betting odds for Argentina to win overall: 250/1

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