Canada World Cup Rugby betting preview
Canada are at least 1000-1 to win the Rugby World Cup with many online betting sites and that is fair enough. To be blunt Les Rouges have no chance of even making it past the group stage.
There is no shame in that, given the Canadians have drawn probably the toughest group, which features not only two teams heavily favoured to win the tournament in New Zealand and South Africa, but also the tough Italy team and an improving Namibia outfit.
Where Canada will finish in the 2019 Rugby World Cup
WGL prediction: Eliminated in group stage. We expect Canada to score one win in their group, against Namibia who they have beaten in their only two previous meetings. They should be competitive at least against Italy, and will simply hope to limit the damage against the All Blacks and Springboks.
Previous best World Cup result: Quarter-final 1991
Canada’s Rugby World Cup draw
Match 11: Italy v Canada, Thursday, Sep 26, Pool B, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Match 20: New Zealand v Canada, Wednesday, Oct 2, Pool B, Oita Stadium
Match 29: South Africa v Canada, Tuesday, Oct 8, Pool B, Kobe Misaki Stadium
Match 37: Namibia v Canada, Sunday, Oct 13, Pool B, Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Canada’s most recent results
September 7: United States d Canada 15, BC Place, Vancouver
August 24: Leinster (Ireland) 38 d Canada 35, Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton
August 9: Tonga 33 d Canada 23, Pacific Nations Cup, Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji
August 3: Fiji 38 d Canada 13, Pacific Nations Cup, ANZ National Stadium, Suva, Fiji
July 27: United States 47 d Canada 19, Pacific Nations Cup, Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado, US
March 8: United States 30 d Canada 25, Americas Rugby Championship, Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila, Washington, US
March 1: Argentina XV 39 d Canada 23, Americas Rugby Championship, Westhills Stadium, Langford
February 22: Canada 56 d Chile 0, Americas Rugby Championship, Westhills Stadium, Langford
February 9: Brazil 18 d Canada 10, Estadio Martins Pereira, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
February 2: Uruguay 20 d Canada 17, Americas Rugby Championship, Estadio Charrua, Montevideo, Uruguay
Canada’s record against Pool B rivals
New Zealand: Played 5: won 0, lost 5. Points for: 54, Points against: 313.
South Africa: Played 2: won 0, lost 2. Points for: 18, Points against: 71
Italy: Played 9: won 2, lost 7. Points for: 128, Points against: 246
Namibia: Played 2: won 2, lost 0. Points for: 89, Points against: 24
Canada squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup
Coach: Kingsley Jones
Forwards Tyler Ardron (captain), Kyle Baillie, Justin Blanchet, Hubert Buydens, Luke Campbell, Matt Heaton, Eric Howard, Jake Ilnicki, Cole Keith, Conor Keys, Evan Olmstead, Benoit Piffero, Andrew Quattrin, Lucas Rumball, Djustice Sears-Duru, Mike Sheppard, Matthew Tierney.
Backs Nick Blevins, Andrew Coe, Jeff Hassler, Ciaran Hearn, Ben LeSage, Phil Mack, Jamie Mackenzie, Gordon McRorie, Peter Nelson, Shane O’Leary, Patrick Parfrey, Taylor Paris, Conor Trainor, DTH van der Merwe.
Leading try-scorer prediction for Canada
D.T.H van der Merwe: Canada won’t be scoring enough tries for any of their players to be in the hunt for leading try-scorer for the tournament. But veteran South Africa-born winger Daniel Tailliferre Hauman van der Merwe (better known as D.T.H van der Merwe) is their greatest try-scorer with 38 in 57 Tests. He certainly can find the try-line and is a great chance to score a few tries in Canada’s group matches. Betting of course will be available on whether or not certain players will score, and also on first try-scorer and anytime try-scorer in each match.
Canada predictions – Can the Canucks spring an upset?
Looking at the head-to-heads between the teams and the odds put our by the top betting sites, the Canadians must be some sort of chance of upstaging Italy, though it must be remembered their two wins against the Italians came in 1983 and 2000. Italy have come a long way since those days and we would be shocked if they slipped up against Canada here. We expect Canada to win against Namibia but they will most likely cop a thrashing off the powerful New Zealand and South Africa teams. Overall bet on Canada at the Rugby World Cup at your own risk.
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