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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, 2020 has seen 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 betting odds 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.

Rugby Betting Odds

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Pro 14
Rugby
15:0025 Oct
Rugby
19:3525 Oct
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20:1526 Oct
Six Nations
Rugby
14:1531 Oct
Rugby
17:4531 Oct
Rugby
21:0031 Oct

What to Watch in 2020

Covid has had a serious impact on the rugby calendar this year leading to a congested end to 2020, as teams battle it out domestically and internationally.

The final round of Six Nations matches are due to be held at the start of November, followed by the newly announced Autumn Nations Cup that will involve all Six Nations teams plus Fiji and Georgia.

Down-under, Australia and New Zealand will battle it out for the Bledisloe Cup in October, before joining South Africa and Argentina in the Rugby Championship that kicks-off in November.

Domestically, both the Gallagher Premiership and Guinness Pro 14 are ongoing, plus European action with the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup.

So as you can see, it’s set to be a bumper tail-end to 2020 for rugby fans and we’ll be with you every step of the way with our tasty OddsPicks and betting news.

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.

There’s one round to go in this year’s delayed competition and England are a best-priced 1/4 with Paddy Power to lift the trophy.

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.

This season’s competition is currently at the quarter-final stage and Leinster are a top price 6/5 with bet365 to lift the trophy for a record fifth time.

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.

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 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.