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Rugby Union Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide

With year-round action from both the northern and southern hemispheres, rugby has cemented itself into the betting calendar with weekly action to get stuck into.

Thanks to pesky Covid, 2021 will see a rather disjointed rugby calendar but in a ‘normal’ year the main rugby agenda is:

  • The Six Nations
  • The Rugby Championship
  • Super Rugby
  • The Heineken Cup

Read on as we ‘try’ to give you a full ‘breakdown’ of each competition, what to bet on and who offers the top rugby union betting odds including English Premiership odds, Six Nations odds, and Rugby World Cup odd and offers – plenty to ‘maul’ over.


Here are all the latest odds for the top upcoming rugby union 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 2021

If rugby union is your sport, then look no further than a stacked 2021.

Despite there being plenty on the horizon this year, there are still a few COVID-19 hurdles to clear.

The English Premiership, European Champions Cup, European Challenge Cup have all been temporarily suspended at the start of 2021, but with this only predicted to last a few weeks, it won’t be long until the schedule is back up and running.

The English Premiership is the jewel in the crown of English rugby and this year’s competition sees Exeter Chiefs look to defend their second title from last season.

This is expected to run until June, with the European tournaments involving plenty of the English sides, also.

The Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup are the top two tier rugby union competitions played between European sides.

The Champions Cup (formerly known as the Heineken Cup) is currently held by Exeter Chiefs following their 31-27 win over Racing 92 in the final last October, but this season’s tournament is expected to conclude on May 22.

The Challenge Cup is currently owned by another English side – Bristol Bears.

The Bears beat Toulon in last year’s final but have progressed to compete in the Champions Cup this season – this year’s final is also due in May.

There’s plenty of international competition to get your teeth stuck into as well.

The Six Nations run from February 6-March 20, 2021 and are followed by plenty of World Cup qualifiers and standalone internationals. 

The British & Irish Lions tour is usually the most eagerly anticipated of all of the international events, with the Lions traveling to South Africa between June and August in 2021 contesting nine matches.

Keep it locked into Odds Manager to find the best odds and tips for everything Rugby Union. 

Top Rugby Union Competitions

The Six Nations

Annual competition that sees England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France and Italy battling it out to be the best of the northern hemisphere. 

Always good for Twitter banter with the other home nations doing all they can to lay into England.

The Rugby Championship

The battle of the big boys in the southern hemisphere as South Africa, Australian and Argentina all try to get one over the rugby powerhouse that is New Zealand. 

One to watch for some bruising battles – expect bigger hits than a Taylor Swift album.

Super Rugby

More southern hemisphere action with provincial teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina going head to head for glory. 

It’s well worth the early alarm on a Saturday morning to kick-start your betting weekend.

The Heineken Cup

The Champions League of rugby with 20 domestic teams from the six nations taking part in Europe’s top club rugby tournament.

Has been dominated by French, English and Irish teams – the closest any Welsh or Scottish sides have come to the trophy is when the final has been held in Cardiff or Edinburgh.

Rugby Unions Odds – What To Bet On

With so much action to enjoy, the bookies offer a ton of betting markets to get your teeth stuck into.

We’ve picked out our favourite betting markets to help you get the best out of your rugby betting and hopefully land a few winners. 

Match Winner

Just like in football you’re betting on the result of the match with three possible outcomes.

1 – Home win

2 – Away win

X – Drawn match

Handicap Betting

This betting market sees a team either receive or give up a specific number of points and is great for having a bet when there’s a strong favourite in a match.

Let’s say England are playing Scotland and the handicap lets you have a bet on Scotland with a 15.5 point start.

If England win 30-20, your bet is a winner – with the 15.5 point start, Scotland have won 35.5-30.

However, if England win by 40-20 then your bet would be a loser – simple.

Try Scorer Odds

Liking the look of Owen Farrell to grab the first try? Then check out the try scorer markets.

Here, you can back any player to score the first try, the last try, the next try or to score a try at anytime in the match – a whole range to have a punt on.

Tournament Winner Odds

Just like with football, you’re betting on who will win a specific tournament such as the Six Nations or the Heineken Cup.

A bet on this market gives you an interest throughout the whole competition as long as your selected team keep doing the business.

Our Top Welcome Offers For Rugby Union

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Live Betting On Rugby Union

With rugby’s popularity soaring in recent years, the bookies make sure you’re well catered for when it comes to in-play betting.

They offer a ton of betting markets to keep your eye on while watching the big match, be it on the Six Nations or the Guinness Pro 14 League.

Odds Boosts

Keep an eye out for Odds Boosts on all the big rugby tournaments as bookies look to entice you with some enhanced prices.

As with all sports, it’s worth shopping around for prices when having a bet to make sure you don’t miss out on any extra profit.

Rugby Union - FAQ

Betting live on rugby is super easy so give it a rucking try…. Check out the in-play section on the bookies site, add your fancy to the bet slip and place your bet - easy.
When selecting a bookie for rugby betting you’re looking for decent prices, plenty of betting markets and a handy app to get those bets on quickly. The top three bookies we recommend here at Odds Manager are bet365, Paddy Power, and William Hill.