As rugby is one of the oldest and most popular of the modern sports, it makes sense that over the years dozens of different tournaments have been started up to accommodate the ever-growing fanbase of the sport. While not every one of these tournaments was met with success, many others were, and today we’ve got a plethora of different events from around the world that are worth putting money on.
All of these tournaments are internationally based, and while some may be regional or hemisphere-locked, they all provide international-level betting options that cover most betting types available on the market. With that in mind, these are the most popular international rugby betting tournaments that all betting sites cover.
1. The Six Nations Championships
Considered one of the most difficult international competitions in modern rugby, the Six Nations involves a number of countries form the northern hemisphere, namely England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, and Italy, who are new to the event. Each side players each other over seven seeks, with home games being rotated on an annual basis. England are currently the leaders of the Six Nations, and have won the competition a total of 28 times since it was first started.
England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland content their own Triple Crown series after the Six Nations has started, which opens up an entire betting market of its own.
2. The Rugby Union World Cup
The Rugby Union World Cup is played every four years, and consists of 20 teams from around the world battling it out for the highly coveted trophy. The country that hosts the event is organised by winning bid nations in both the southern and northern hemispheres. The last Rugby Union World Cup was played in 2015 and was won by New Zealand, who played Australia in their final match. The upcoming, 2019 event is to be hosted by Japan.
The first Rugby World Cup was played in 1987, and since then, only four nations have been victorious. England, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia have all won at least once, while France has lost a total of three times, putting them at the bottom of the roster.
3. The Rugby Championship
The Rugby Championship is traditionally only played by southern hemisphere countries New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. This changed in 2012 with the addition of Argentina. Many believe that The Rugby Championship is the best tournament in the world due to the fact that it’s almost always played in dry conditions. These conditions increase the pace of the substantially, making it a fast, action-packed event that often sees many tries scored in a single game.
New Zealand has long dominated the competition since Argentina become an official playing partner, having won three consecutive championships, and losing just once in their last 18 matches. The All Blacks are now in front with 10 titles, including Tri-Nations results, dating back as far as 1996.