The Rugby Championships 2018 kicks off on the 18th August and will run through to 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
|South Africa||(15/4)||v||New Zealand||(2/9)||Loftus Versfeld|
|Argentina||(17/20)||v||Australia||(21/20)||Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena|
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Rugby Betting Odds and Preview for Rugby Championships
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 33 starts and being crowned champions on 5 out of 6 occasions.
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The recent tour of France to New Zealand ended in a clean sweep and series win for the All Blacks. Despite the 3 victories, France showed that with the right defense patterns and pressure, the All Blacks are beatable.
Prediction: Its hard not to see the All Blacks claiming another Rugby Championship title. There will be stronger challenges from South Africa and Australia but even a loss won’t stop them claiming there 6th Rugby Championship title. To finish in first place.
Current Betting odds for New Zealand to win overall: 1/6
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Forwards: Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Jackson Hemopo, Shannon Frizell, Kieran Read (captain), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock.
Backs: TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith.
The Springboks with new coach Rassie Erasumus, have shown some positive signs of improvements with a 2-1 series victory over England in June, but they will need to continue this cohesive playing style and show further progress if they wish to challenge for the title.
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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 14 of the 33 matches played.
Prediction: The Springboks will be far more competitive this year, to expect them to win the tournament is maybe a step too far, but if Rassie Erasmus can get his combination right the Springboks could be a formidable force, particularly at home. Boks to finish second.
Current betting odds for South Africa to win overall: 15/2
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Forwards: Cyle Brink, Jean-Luc du Preez, Thomas du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi (captain), Francois Louw, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Marvin Orie, RG Snyman, Akker van der Merwe, Marco van Staden, Warren Whiteley.
Backs: Lukhanyo Am, Ross Cronjé, Faf de Klerk, Aphiwe Dyantyi, André Esterhuizen, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Embrose Papier, Handré Pollard, Ivan van Zyl, Damian Willemse.
The Wallabies have had a tough time in the recent past, which includes a recent home series loss to Ireland. 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 a young squad with the aim of building a side to contest in the 2019 World Cup.
AUSTRALIA WILL BE BATTLE HARDENED FOLLOWING THE HIGHLY COMPETITVE TEST SERIES AGAINST IRELAND, WHILE DAVID POCOCK AND MICHAEL HOOPER ARE A TROUBLESOME PAIR AT THE BREAKDOWN.
Predictions: Despite lifting the Rugby Championship trophy in 2015 the wallabies have not had a good run in the Rugby Championship- winning just 15 of their 33 matches. Their recent series loss to Ireland showed their vulnerabilities. They will be competitive but ultimately will not challenge for the title. To finish Third.
Current betting odds for Australia to win overall: 13/2
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Forwards: Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Folau Faingaa, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Caleb Timu, Lukhan Tui, Taniela Tupou.
Backs: Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Billy Meakes, Sefa Naivalu, Jordan Petaia, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona, Matt Toomua.
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.
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Jaguares head coach Mario Ledesma has now taken over the national side and if he can bring some of the Jaguares Super Rugby form into the tournament then the side will prove difficult to beat.
Predictions: With a new coach and some experienced players in the squad, the Pumas will be a side on the move, they will be extremely hard to beat at home and will more than likely win one or two matches this year. Despite this they will still finish bottom of the log.
Current betting odds for Argentina to win overall: 80/1
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Forwards: Marco Ciccioli, Lucas Favre, Santiago García Botta, Santiago Medrano, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mayco Vivas, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Agustín Creevy (captain), Diego Fortuny, Julián Montoya, Matías Alemanno, Ignacio Larrague, Tomás Lavanini, Franco Molina, Guido Petti, Rodrigo Bruni, Santiago Grondana, Marcos Kremer, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio.
Back: Gonzalo Bertranou, Tomás Cubelli, Martín Landajo, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Nicolás Sánchez, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago González Iglesias, Matías Moroni, Matías Orlando, Sebastián Cancelliere, Bautista Delguy, Ramiro Moyano, Emiliano Boffelli, Juan Cruz Mallía.
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