Rugby may not be the first sport you think of when considering where to lay a bet but, with two different codes of the game in Britain, there are plenty of markets available to take advantage of.
Rugby union and rugby league are both thrilling and very different games and there has never been a better time to get involved with betting on both of them…
There are plenty of great rugby union tournaments to bet on
Rugby Union is the more famous and popular of the codes in vast swathes of the world and there are plenty of competitions for you to bet on.
Starting in the early spring, the Six Nations is an annual tournament between Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy.
Each team plays each other once and there are always plenty of great games to bet on – and it’s bound to get even more exciting with perennial Wooden Spoon winners Italy starting to close the gap on the more established rugby-playing nations.
It’s not only in the northern hemisphere that offers great betting opportunities. The southern hemisphere rugby union powerhouses – Australia, South Africa and current world champions New Zealand – all play each other in the Rugby Championship.
They’ve now been joined by Argentina and this tournament is rightly regarded as the toughest annual competition in world rugby with almost every game being fiercely contested.
Rugby league is a growing betting market
With the formation of the Super League in 1996 rugby league became more popular than ever and there continues to be a strong interest in the sport.
The Super League – which boasts teams from England and France – is often an incredibly tight league but it has been dominated by teams from the north of England, with Leeds, Wigan and St Helens all winning multiple titles.
Backing the northern sides to prevail in the growing Super League market is one sure way of giving yourself a good chance of cashing in.