All Blacks Aim to Retain World Cup

New Zealand are once again favourites for the Rugby World Cup. Will Rugby's number 1 team be too strong in England?

The All Blacks shook their chokers take at the last Rugby World Cup, winning the tournament under immense pressure in their own back yard. 4 years on and they’re once again favourites to win the Web Ellis Cup. At $2.40 with William Hill, they’re half the price of hosts England, who are on the second line of betting. So can anyone stop rugby’s number 1 nation retaining their World Champions status?

New Zealand Numbers

If you’re betting against New Zealand to triumph for a third time you can wager on when they’ll be eliminated. The Kiwis are paying $3.75 to finish runners up while they’re $3.50 to lose in the semi finals. Their price to get knocked out in quarters is $5, while they’re $301 to exit in the group stage (WHICH WILL NOT HAPPEN). The reigning champions are paying $1.01 to top their pool which contains Namibia, Tonga, Georgia and Argentina.

The latter face the All Blacks first up and William Hill have the Pumas at $10 to cause a boilover while New Zealand is $1.05. The firm favourites are $1.90 to cover the line which has been set at -20.5. They beat Argentina 39-18 in the pair’s most recent clash in round 1 of the Rugby Championships in July.

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Best of the Rest in Pool C

So Argentina is expected to start their campaign with a loss but they’re also expected to make it out of Pool C. In what’s the least competitive group, the Pumas are under $1.10 to make the knockout phase. Tonga are the only other team that could fight for a spot in the quarters finals. The Pacific Islanders are $6 get out of the group, while Namibia and Georgia are simply making up the numbers. Tonga take on Georgia in their opening game and are $1.13 favourites while the Georgians are $6 underdogs. The line for that match is 13.5.

Predicting Pool C looks easy enough, and it would be some surprise if New Zealand and Argentina don’t finish first and second respectively. Will we see any upsets along the way?