4 Bets 4 the 2011 Rugby World Cup

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

New Zealand coming forth to carry it at home.

All together now – “Swing low, sweet chaaaaaaariot, coming for to carry me home.” In our increasingly secular green and pleasant land, it is heartening to know that the odd spiritual classic is still belted out now and again.

But with its indecently early kick-off times and much-weakened England team, it is unlikely that this year’s edition of the RWC will generate as much hullaballoo here as 1999 or 2003. Nevertheless, despite the uncompetitive nature of many of the group matches, there are still a few beauties worth watching out for with the betting. Here are four to keep an eye on:

1)      New Zealand to win the 2011 Rugby World Cup (4/6 @ Bluesq)
Yes yes – they choke more often than a clapped-out motor during a cold winter. But Dan Carter could win this tournament on his own. The outstanding team, with the outstanding player, playing at home following a year of domestic natural disasters. It would be rude not to smash the back of them in the betting.

2)      Ireland to reach the Semi-Finals (2/1 @ bet365)
Although Ireland themselves aren’t in vintage form, they should face the easiest Semi-Final of the ‘Tier 2’ sides, against a South African side that is a shadow of 2007.

3)      Samoa to reach the Quarter-Finals (4/1 @ Ladbrokes)
Yes Wales – we are looking at you. We expect Samoa to repeat their 1991 sensation (when it was just good old Western Samoa back then) and beat the Welsh to take 2nd in Pool D.

4)      France to beat New Zealand on Sep 24 (6 @ Betfair)
Because they always do at World Cups.

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