How to Bet on Rugby Union Online with Betfred

 | Monday 27th May 2024, 22:23pm

Monday 27th May 2024, 22:23pm

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As part of our education section here at Betfred Insights, we like to help you out with betting strategies and information about how to use the Betfred website and app to the fullest.

In this article, we take you through some of the basics and answer the question, How to bet on Rugby Union with Betfred?'

How to Bet on Rugby Union Online

A truly global game, with more countries embracing the sport, rugby union has increasingly become a favourite of punters.

The 15-player code, a cousin of the 13-player version, Rugby League, is played all year round and, with the sport's recent expansion and investment, is enjoyed by those from Saitama to San Francisco.

Major tournaments to look for when betting on Rugby Union online

The rugby union calendar runs throughout the year. In Europe, the club season runs from August/September to May/June, with the most notable leagues being the English Premiership, French Top 14 and the United Rugby Championship, which features clubs from the Celtic Nations, Italy, and, since 2021, South Africa.

These are punctuated by continental competitions, such as the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, which take place throughout the campaign. These are rugby union's equivalents of football's Champions League and Europa League.

The other major club competition is Super Rugby, usually running from February to June. Since its inauguration, the tournament has undergone several iterations and currently includes teams from Australia, New Zealand, and the Fiji-based Drua.

There are also emerging competitions in Japan and the United States, while international tournaments are also a key component of the calendar. As well as a World Cup every four years, European nations compete in the annual Six Nations (February-March), while Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina compete for the Rugby Championship (July/August-August/September).

International teams also tour each other's countries, with the Southern Hemisphere sides usually coming to Europe in the autumn and the northern sides heading south in the summer.

Popular markets when betting on Rugby Union online

Like most sports, match betting - win, lose and draw/tie - is available on rugby union games. However, the difference in quality between opponents means punters can often be better served by looking at other markets, namely the handicap prices, which level the betting by giving one team a hypothetical start.

Total points in a match, both under and over a pre-determined marker, are popular, as are markets such as first, last and anytime try scorers.

There are also opportunities to make long-term or ante-post punts when betting on rugby union online, with outright markets usually available for all the major competitions.

How to bet in-play and strategies for betting on Rugby Union online

Like all sports, an essential strategy for betting on rugby union is to consider current form and historic results. These can include recent results and head-to-head records between the competing sides.

Certain players also have a habit of scoring against specific opposition, while some teams are better suited to playing others due to their respective playing styles.

When pondering in-play options, looking at different trends for each team can be crucial. For instance, one team might start slowly but have a strong bench, so are worth backing to lose the first half but to win the second.

Similarly, they may have a habit of conceding the first points or scoring themselves as the game goes on, so the next try scorer or points markets are worth considering.

However, before you choose a fixture, it is essential to have a firm idea of your in-play plan, how much you are willing to stake, and when you will step away so that you can continue to enjoy the experience and avoid chasing losses.

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