The World Rugby U20 Championship will take place in France from 30 May 2018 – 17 June 2018. The young talented teams will be looking to showcase their skills with the ultimate aim of taking home the Title of World Rugby U20 Champions.

Below we highlight some for the betting favourites going into the tournament.

Traditionally this U20 Rugby Tournament has been dominated by 3 sides namely South Africa, New Zealand and England.

World Rugby U20 Championship Betting Favourites

New Zealand

The Junior All Blacks have won the tournament an incredible 6 times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017) and will no doubt be one of the favourites going into this year’s Championship.  The squad is coached by Craig Philport who has retained a number of players from last year’s squad and will be captained by Tom Christie. New Zealand is in Pool B with the only real challenge expected to be from Australia.

New Zealand have only failed to reach  the semi-finals once in the tournament’s history.

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England have a remarkable record in the World Rugby U20 Championship, they have reached the final eight times, winning the title three times in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Last year they lost 64 -17 in the Final to New Zealand.

England will be expected to top Pool B which includes Argentina, Italy and Scotland. The team has a number of returning players who have premiership experience. The three time champions are in tremendous form and will be favoured to reach the final again.

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South Africa

The Junior Springboks have only won the tournament once in 2012 but have always been a threat finishing in the top 3 spots in 9 tournaments. Last year they finished in third place after losing 24-22 to England in the Semi-Final.  The Junior Boks coach, Chean Roux, has an impressive coaching record having led Maties( Stellenbosch University Rugby) to three Varsity Cups, two National Club Championships and six Western Province club titles.

The Junior Springboks have a tough group including Host France, Ireland and GEORGIA.

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Betting Odds correct at time of publication.