Top 5 Teams Predicted to Win 2019 Rugby World Cup
Date Posted: July 17, 2019
In the last two Rugby World Cups, New Zealand took home the championship title back-to-back. This raises the question of whether or not any of the other teams this year can break the All Blacks’ winning streak, let alone in an Asian field.
For the first time in history, an Asian country is hosting the Rugby World Cup. Japan will be welcoming 19 other national teams in this year’s competition which will span from September 20 to November 2.
While the host country is pressured to make the event go on a par with the successful 2015 World Cup, all the teams are driven to win the 2019 championship. But which teams have the best odds of claiming triumph according to sportsbooks?
PaddyPower: 2.10 | SkyBet: 2.10
The All Blacks are currently the world number one which is the main reason they have the highest odds from sportsbooks. If they win this year’s title, it will be New Zealand’s 4th championship, the previous ones being in 1987, 2011, and 2015.
Of the 40 matches New Zealand played overall, they lost just six times — the lowest number of losses ever incurred by any one of the top five teams this year. This gives All Blacks a high win percentage of 88%.
PaddyPower: 6.00 | SkyBet: 5.50
Despite placing fourth in the current world ranking, England is seen to be a strong team that can upset New Zealand this year. They never made it to the finals in 2015, but their all-time stats, particularly their 70% win percentage, speak much of how threatening they can be in the field.
The first, and also the last, time England won the cup was in 2003. Now under coach Eddie Jones who helped the team claim a top-tier nation record of 18 consecutive test matches, they are set to impress everyone this year in Japan.
PaddyPower: 7.50 | SkyBet: 6.00
Currently, Ireland stands at third place in the world ranking. This is despite their having not won yet any Rugby World Cup title.
In 2015, Ireland was the top team in Pool D with four wins, two of which with bonus points. In total, the team has already been in 35 matches with an all-time winning percentage of 60%.
PaddyPower: 7.00 | SkyBet: 7.00
Like Ireland, the Welsh rugby team has not won yet any World Cup. In spite of this, the team is ranked second at the World Rugby Rankings.
Wales impressed everyone when they won their fourth Grand Slam within just 14 years in the Six Nations 2019.
PaddyPower: 8.00 | SkyBet: 10.00
Also known as the Springboks, the South African national team has already won 2 Rugby World Cup titles, one in 1995 and another in 2007.
With a great record, including its win-loss ratio of 83%, South Africa holds the fifth spot in the list of the teams with the highest odds to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Interestingly, the team also holds the fifth place in the world ranking despite its shocking loss to Japan in the last World Cup.
Also included in the top 10 list of teams the highest odds from bookmakers are Australia, Scotland, France, Argentina, and Japan. The host country will be battling it out with Russia to mark the Rugby World Cup 2019’s first match on September 20.