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Rugby League Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide

Like its oval-shaped ball-buddy Rugby Union, Rugby League has grown in popularity in recent years and it’s now a mainstay of the betting scene throughout the year.

As with all fun things in 2020, Rugby League has been hit by Covid but the main focus for League fans over the year is normally:

  • Super League
  • The Challenge Cup
  • NRL
  • State of Origin

Keep reading to get the rundown on each competition plus the betting markets to focus on to get the top Rugby League betting odds and boosts.


Here are all the latest odds for the top upcoming Rugby League matches.

Click on any odds to add it to your betslip or click on a fixture to see a comparison of odds from all the top bookies.

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What to Watch in 2020

Covid has led to an amended calendar for Rugby League this year – all four main competitions are still to be completed.

In the UK, the Super League is still in full swing as teams battle it out to reach the Grand Final, while the Challenge Cup has reached the semi-final stage.

Down-under, the NRL is back underway with the Grand Final there scheduled for October 25th, as the Sydney Roosters aim for a third consecutive victory.

The NRL Grand Final will be followed by State of Origin in November, with Queensland aiming to win back the Shield for the first time since 2017.

Rugby League fans may have had to bide their time in 2020, but the next couple of months will offer a feast of action to enjoy and have a bet on.

Top Rugby League Competitions

Super League: The main domestic league in the UK with the added spiciness of the Catalan Dragons from Spain. 

Teams battle it out to reach the Grand Final through a league campaign and then the top 5 teams take part in play-offs to crown a champion.

St Helens currently top the bookies’ lists at present – a best-priced 13/8 with Betfair to lift the title.

The Challenge Cup: The FA Cup of Rugby League, with a final also held at Wembley.

Wigan dominated in the ’90s, winning the competition eight straight times, but current holders Warrington will be looking to win back-to-back trophies come October 17th and they are a top price 9/2 at bet365 to do just that.

NRL: The NRL is the Australian domestic league with the New Zealand Warriors thrown into the mix to add some Oz v NZ spice.

Like in Super League, teams are aiming to make the Grand Final for a winner-takes-all showdown.

State of Origin: A best-of-three series, held annually between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues to secure Australia’s Rugby League bragging rights.

These matches can get very tasty with big hits and scraps galore – what’s not to like!?

Rugby League Odds – What to Bet on

A ton of Rugby League action to watch means a ton of betting markets to get involved in.

Read on to see our favourite betting markets when it comes to digging out those Rugby League winners.

Match Winner

The simplest form of Rugby League betting, you’re having a wager on the final outcome of a match.

1 = Home Win

2 = Away win

X = The Draw

Handicap Betting

Just like in Rugby Union, this betting market sees one of the teams receiving or giving up a set number of points to their opponents.

As an example, Wigan are playing St Helens and are receiving 10.5 points on the handicap.

If St Helens win 15-10 then your bet has landed – with the 10.5 point handicap, Wigan have won 20.5 to 10.

But if St Helens run out comfortable winners 35-15 then your bet would be a loser as the amended handicap score would be 35-25.5.

Try Scorer Odds

Bookies offer prices on players to score the first try in a match, the next try, the last try and to score a try at any time.

Fancy your favourite player to nab a try or two? These markets are for you.

Tournament Winner Odds

Here you’re betting on a team to win a tournament, like the Challenge Cup.

Get a bet on them in the early rounds, cheer them all the way to the final and hopefully see them lift that trophy – and more importantly, land your bet.

Live Betting on Rugby League

If there’s a live Rugby League match on, you can guarantee there will be live betting to get stuck into.

Bookies offer a giant range of betting markets throughout the big match so make sure to take a peek.

Odds Boosts

Bookies offer some tasty Odds Boosts before and during any big Rugby League match, so keep your eyes peeled for extra value when looking to place a bet.

Rugby League - FAQ

It’s super simple to have a live bet on Rugby League so don’t stress. Click on the in-play betting section on the bookies website, find the match you want and check out the betting markets available - get that bet on.
Having cemented its place in the betting calendar, all the main bookies now offer betting on Rugby League. Just make sure you choose one that offers decent prices and tasty Odds Boosts. Here at Odds Manager, our top three recommendations for Rugby League betting are bet365, William Hill and Paddy Power.