Best rugby betting sites
THE best rugby betting sites will largely depend on your location, with many of the top online betting companies featuring extensive markets on everything from Super Rugby to the World Cup.
As always, the World Gambling List strongly recommends wagering with regulated betting sites if that is an option in your country. Basically, if there is legal sports betting available you should place your rugby bets with one of these companies.
This article will run you through the best international rugby betting sites and explain what you need to know about placing an online sports wager.
Top International rugby betting sites
William Hill: One of the best rugby betting sites in the world, WilliamHill.com has an extraordinary reach around the world. The fact its birthplace is the United Kingdom means William Hill know a thing or two about rugby. It also runs extensive promotions surrounding major competitions such as the Rugby World Cup.
Betway: Another bookie that is probably our No.1 option for those rugby fans who are in Europe. Betway is one of the more well-known brands in sports betting, and its rugby offering does not let anyone down.
Bet365: No best International rugby betting sites article could be complete without adding in Bet365. Accepting punters from more than 200 countries, Bet365 is going to be one of the best picks for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
How to bet on rugby union online
Betting on rugby union matches online is actually a straight-forward process, as many of the best betting sites will feature markets. This section will give you a quick run-through of the process of placing a rugby bet at an online betting site in 2019.
Step 1: Finding a rugby betting site: As we have said previously, we strongly advise always betting with companies based in your jurisdiction if possible — it just safeguards you to a certain extent. If you are in a country that allows you to bet with offshore bookies, the options in the table above are super reliable and competitive with any offerings out there.
Step 2: Creating a new rugby betting account: Opening an account at a rugby betting site is easy; generally it takes about five minutes to fill in the required online form with your personal details. The best rugby betting sites will, however, always require you to verify your account.
Step 3: Depositing money to your new online betting account: There are more deposit options available at reputable betting sites than you can possibly imagine. See below for further information about banking at rugby betting sites.
Step 4: Placing rugby bets: While this obviously comes down to your own judgment, we strongly recommend doing your homework before you place any bets, rugby or otherwise. The process of placing your bets at online betting sites is straightforward. It is usually just a matter of making your selections and then choosing your stake at the bet slip stage. This can vary slightly from bookie to bookie.
Step 5: Verifying your rugby betting account: This is really important because you will not be able to claim any winnings until after you have verified your betting account. Generally verifying your account entails filling in an online form with personal details or supplying personal documents via fax or digitally.
Step 6: Cashing out: When you have placed a successful bet on a rugby match, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to cash out and the betting site does not have the desired method to do so. However, if you have joined a reputable, recommended site, this is unlikely to happen. Our top operators all have multiple options for withdrawal.
Major events covered by rugby betting sites
Super Rugby: Usually kicking off each February, Super Rugby is arguably the No.1 club competition in the sport. It pits teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Argentina against each other in a round-robin format with the leading teams then playing off in a finals series. The Crusaders won the 2019 edition for their 10 title overall.
Rugby World Cup: Played every four years this is the pinnacle of the sport at the international level. Since it was first held in 1987, it has been dominated by southern hemisphere teams, with England in 2003 the only team from the north to take the title. In 2019 it features the top 20 teams from around the world, headed by two-time defending champions New Zealand.
Six Nations Championship: The annual highlight of the northern hemisphere international season involves the national teams of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy. This has been running in one form or another since 1883 and always attracts huge interest. Wales soared undefeated above the rest in the latest edition to move into calculations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The Rugby Championship: Formerly known as the Tri Nations, this southern hemisphere international series initially involved only New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Argentina were added the mix in 2012. A high-class contest.
Promotions and bonus bets at rugby union betting sites
One of the great features of betting with online rugby bookies is that they often will have promotions surrounding the big events, usually taking the form of bonus bets or cash-back offers.
As a general rule, for instance, if the Bledisloe Cup is being played, betting sites with strong presences in Australia and New Zealand will run some kind of promotion, with the national teams of the two countries drawing great betting interest.
Another great bonus that we have seen at online betting sites is if you place a bet on a rugby team who leads at half-time but goes on to lose, you receive your stake back as a bonus bet.
Ways you can deposit to online betting sites
There are a number of easy deposit methods at the best rugby betting sites, including your common methods such as credit and debit cards, Paypal and other payment processors. While not every betting site will have every deposit option, if you are looking for a specific regional deposit option, chances are you will find it at a betting site licensed in your country. Some of the more common deposit options rugby bettors use to wager on the game they love include:
- POLi (Australia only)
- All betting site deposit methods
Questions about rugby bookmakers
From time to time, the team at the World Gambling List is posed a question by one of our readers about rugby betting online, and this section is where we answer them.
What odds do rugby bookmakers display? This is usually region dependent, with many of the best online rugby bookies allowing you to change the format in which the odds are displayed. Generally the odds will be displayed in either Fractional, Decimal or American odds. Read our guide to learn how to understand all three.
Why can’t I find odds for the rugby at the 2020 Olympics: Often betting sites will be a little bit gun-shy when it comes to international rugby matches, with player availability and who makes the final squads playing a major role in setting the markets. The Olympics is no exception, with the 7s format played there making it an unpredictable betting medium.