Rugby World Cup Preview

rugbyThe Rugby World Cup will take this year, and be hosted by 2003 winners and 2007 finalists England. The home field advantage has given England better odds than perhaps they would have had if they where playing away from home.

Currently only defending World Cup champions New Zeland and fellow Southern Hemisphere giants South Africa sit above them in the odds. This seems odd considering how England have been largely overpowered by teams such as Wales and Ireland in recent Six Nations competitions. However the prospect of Playing England in England is a fearsome one, and their brand of rugby grows more expansive every time their young squad takes to the field.

New Zeland are of course practically untouchable and play with such power pace and invention that few will look beyond them. The depth of talent is immense and their experienced campaigners are true world beaters.

South Africa have similar strengths to New Zeland and a pack of forwards that can dominate any team in the world when they are on form. A scrum that is not to be messed with, and fantastic line out retention means they can clearly play to a game plan and earn the space for that  pacey back line to go and express themselves.

Dark horses such a Wales and Ireland should not be counted out, and their recent showings in six nations campaigns must go in their favour. Wales had a large chunk of the squad that made up the dominant Lions victory in Australia a few years ago, and if they can get their star names fit nobody will want to play them, looking to go one further than they did last time out when they lost in the final to the all blacks.

Australia should also be considered slightly ahead of the welsh, of the odds are to be followed and seem to be getting their national rugby game back on track, with some big name players finding form, and getting a great team ethic together. Their strength and creative nous at half back is key for the Wallabies

France are in a bit of a mess but have the quality to win on their day. You would not take any game against them lightly, but seem short of putting together the sort of team and individual performances that can challenge the big boys, especially away from home.

Rugby World Cup 2015 Odds

New Zeland-5/4
England-7/2
South Africa-5/1
Ireland-15/2
Australia-10/1
Wales-16/1
France-20/1