Rugby League World Cup 2017 Betting Tips
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will be the fifteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup, held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The last edition of the tournament took place in England and Wales back in 2013, where Australia earned their 10th World Cup success over New Zealand in the final.
The Kangaroos have only failed to win four of the 14 tournaments since the inaugural event in 1954, placing as runners up three times and in third place just once.
Previous to their loss to New Zealand on home soil in 2008, the Aussies had won an incredible six back-to-back World Cup’s, including three wins in the expanded event from 1995 onwards.
With a four nations triumph on British soil just last year, Australia enter the tournament as heavy 2/9 favourites, and as short as 1/5 with some bookmakers. Their closest challengers remain the same as in most previous tournaments. England are available at a best price of 8/1 with Betway, while one-time winners New Zealand are priced at 10/1 with the same company.
The Kangaroos have quality across the field and have now reclaimed their place as the undisputed, comfortable number one side in the world. With just three losses from 21 games following that 2008 World Cup failure, the Aussies are extremely hard to oppose here. Those losses DID all come against New Zealand, though seven losses from 10 matches makes the Kiwi’s even harder to fancy.
Though 2/9 isn’t the most appealing of prices, we’re happy to back the best Rugby League side in the world as a booster in a William Hill acca.
There’s certainly value to be found in the tournament’s opening match on Friday, however, as Australia host Wayne Bennett’s encouraging England side. Anything other than a final appearance will be deemed a failure by England national fans, but that appearance arguably won’t be determined by success or disaster against the Kangaroos.
England haven’t managed to beat the Aussies in four tries previously, losing by an 18 point margin when they met last November. The hosts have surpassed the -16 handicap set on them in six of their last seven games, including all five in home comforts and we can see them making a statement against England on the opening day.
The handicap margin for this match was initially just -14 with all bookmakers, but the value has been lost with some companies. Luckily for us, that -14 is still available at 1/1 money with William Hill right now and it looks like super value.