A brief guide to Rugby Betting

Rugby Union; a fast, intense game of skill, energy and power. The ultimate contest in strength where two teams battle it out, over 80 minutes of lung-busting and fierce competitiveness.

Rugby Union is an old English sport reportedly invented by a school pupil named William Webb Ellis. The name still rings true to this day as countries from around the globe compete for the Webb Ellis Cup in the sports world cup; held every four years.

The ever-popular sport has seen viewing figures increase annually and there is huge interest amongst fans. As such Rugby Union betting is offered prominently by most if not all of the major bookmakers. There are many different gambling markets for this sport and the options available for betting are as huge as some of the international players.

As well as international rugby union, the sport is also enjoyed by many at club level. In the UK, Premiership Rugby is contested between 12 teams. In France, the Top 14 competition showcases some of the worlds best talent whilst the all Ireland league has its own powerhouses. 

Europe's biggest Rugby Union competition is the champions cup also known as the Heineken Cup. This is by far the biggest club competition and betting customers will enjoy some incredible betting experiences for this competition. The six nations is perhaps one of Rugby Unions biggest international tournaments, where 6 of Europe's biggest nations take part.

Rugby Union is extremely popular in Australia, New Zealand and surrounding countries. The current world champions South Africa also have a national league and there are other tour competitions and matches including the Barbarians and British and Irish Lions tour where players come together from different clubs and nations to compete.

How to Bet on Rugby

To be able to place a bet on rugby, customers need to choose a bookmaker. Each betting site is slightly different from the next. Some will offer better, more appealing odds whilst others will have more betting markets. Choosing a bookmaker can be very much a personal choice, however, some of the best betting sites for rugby union include:


A very new bookmaker in the industry and available to Betting customers in Kenya, 22 Bet has a very slick interface offering some fantastic betting promotions. 22Bet offers rugby union in its ever increasing sportsbook and customers will find various ways of gambling on this form of rugby, taking advantage of some very competitive odds. 

22Bet has an excellent live betting facility, which coupled with rugby union make for an exciting experience, especially on the big games. New customers can enjoy a very appealing welcome bonus when joining and also take advantage of their live streaming services.


This betting site is also very new in the industry. Betlion is steadily going from strength to strength and is available to gambling customers in Kenya. Betlion have a very comprehensive betting platform with a substantial sportsbook and Rugby Union is well covered with some exciting handicap markets available. This betting site offers some impressive promotions, allowing bets to be cashed out, free bet refunds, risk free first bets and price enhancements through their odds boosts offer.


This well-established betting site is also available to Kenyan gamblers. Betway have an incredible sports betting platform. Rugby Union is not only covered with a huge number of betting markets and tournaments but also with free bet clubs and jackpot offers.

Once a bookmaker has been decided upon, the customer must create a new account with them. This will allow deposits to be made. Placing a rugby union bet is, on the whole, a standard process. Once navigated to the rugby union market, the list of competitions and odds on display will be visible. Depending on which bookmaker is being used there will be many different ways to bet. From individual teams and player bets to competition winners and even the markets on number of tries scored. By tapping on the odds displayed this will automatically add the selection to the bet slip and the stake can be added to create a potential return.

Betting customers will certainly find fewer ways to bet on Rugby Union if compared to other popular sports such as soccer. Although interest is high, there is less exposure due to fewer games during a season. Nevertheless, as tournaments are held the bookmakers will follow alongside and offer an exciting betting experience on this sport; especially in-play, where bets can be placed live as games are played.

Rugby union markets and odds

Depending on which bookmaker is being used, customers will find many different markets for Rugby Union betting. Of course, there are outright markets such as simply choosing a winner alongside betting on a tournament winner. Gambling sites will often display coupon markets. These will include other betting options in particular; first and second half betting, handicap betting - where an underdog is given a numerical advantage to even out the contest, winning margins, team to score first and winning margins. These are just a few of the most popular ways to bet on rugby union and there are many more available.

Rugby union betting strategies

Due to the nature of two teams competing, the sport of rugby union lends itself perfectly to creating a betting strategy.  Betting strategies can be used to better help the prediction of an event. There is an abundance of online information about rugby union, including individual players stats, team form and previous results. Fans that follow the sport closely can interpret this data to see where the value lies within each of the betting markets on offer. 

For example, if there are players out of form playing in a particular match or those that have just returned from injury are competing against another team, the bet could be placed on the team most likely to win according to what the stats are saying other than just a previous result. Rugby union betting strategies depend on how the information is used and what odds are being offered by the bookmakers.

For any fan of rugby union, the betting options available will create a superb betting experience. Avid followers of the sport can find markets across all major tournaments with enhanced odds available on some fixtures.

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