The 2015 Rugby World Cup is sure to be one of the highlights of the year for sports fans – and the fact that it is being held in England will add to the appeal for fans based in the UK. Overall 20 countries will be competing for glory in this year’s tournament, including England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, as well as reigning champs New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Obviously not all of these teams have an equal chance of getting their hands on the trophy once the action gets underway – after all, very few fans are expecting Canada or Romania to win it – but which sides are in with a realistic shot?
Well it’s not exactly surprising that the 2011 winners New Zealand are rated one of the bookies’ hot favourites again for this year. Their record has been (to put it mildly) formidable since lifting the crown four years ago. A record of just one defeat and one draw since then speaks for itself, and accounts for those odds of 11/8. They have been drawn in Pool C for the group stages and it is very hard to see Tonga (2000/1), Georgia or Namibia (5000/1) or even Argentina (66/1) stopping them finishing on top. However this does not mean that they will face no competition during the knock-out stages.
England are rated at 9/2 by the bookmakers and will benefit from having home advantage. One thing they do have is strength in depth, with real quality to spare in most positions – and they also have versatile players like Billy Vunipola, Danny Care and Mike Brown who can change games. However they have a testing Pool A draw against the likes of Wales (18/1) and Australia (10/1) to negotiate, before they can start dreaming of glory. When it comes to the latter they have real counter attacking potential, due to excellent backs like Israel Folau. However, they could end up facing South Africa if they don’t win their group.
South Africa are rated 4/1 and are real contenders. They won it in 2007 and are a match for anyone at their best, although they suffered a recent defeat at the hands of the All Blacks. Players like Francois Louw and Willem Alberts in the squad means the Pool B group stage against Samoa, Scotland, Japan and the US should be straightforward, but can they actually win it?
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