The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan has reached the quarterfinal stage, and all of the competition’s Big Guns, plus the host nation have progressed to the last eight, and all have a realistic shot of going all the way and lifting the trophy. This weekend sees four blockbuster encounters, and when the dust settles, four teams will be going home, and the remaining four will progress to next weekend’s semifinals.
Those quarterfinal matchups are:
England vs Australia – Saturday 8 AM
England continue their bid to win rugby’s World Cup for a second time when they take on the team they famously defeated in the final in 2003 – the mighty Australia, themselves tow-time winners. While third ranked England are a slight favourite with the bookies, and the general consensus is that this is not a great Aussie side, literally anything can happen on the day.
Eddie Jones’ England team have the edge in size, brute strength and organisation, but Australia – traditionally second only to New Zealand when it comes to natural talent – will have the edge in skill, athleticism and explosiveness. England should win, but Australia might well shock them.
New Zealand vs Ireland – Saturday 11 AM
Going in to this competition there was a strong argument that these were the two best teams in world rugby, with some experts believing Ireland were no.1. As the games have progressed however, the difference in class has become clear.
During this World Cup the All Blacks have played like a team capable of winning their third consecutive winner’s trophy – fourth in all – and making it look easy. Their blend of skill, athleticism and explosive speed means they can change a match in a moment – as displayed when they defeated South Africa in their opening group fixture.
By comparison Ireland have looked somewhat pedestrian at times, and even lost their group decider against Japan. If the host nation’s enthusiastic aggression was too much for them, what will the All Blacks do against the Irish?
Wales vs France – Sunday 8 AM
Possibly the most intriguing of all quarterfinal matchups, this is an extremely tough game to call. The Welsh are one of only two nations with a 100% record in this competition, along with Japan, while France won their three group games then saw their game against England cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.
The French have their usual blend of skilful attacking players and massive defenders, with their traditional “Achilles Heel” of hot-headedness and ill-discipline their one clear weakness. By comparison, the Welsh team are strong in every department, and have looked the second best side in this competition – behind the All Blacks.
Japan vs South Africa – Sunday 11.15 AM
Can the incredible story that is host nation Japan storming to the World Cup 2019 quarterfinals continue on Sunday? While the bookies have South Africa as second favourites behind New Zealand to win the whole competition, and have Japan in eighth spot, one would still have to say – especially in the wake of Leicester City and all they achieved – Yes.
Having already claimed the scalps of Scotland and Ireland in their group, Japan’s confidence is sky high. South Africa lost their opener against New Zealand, but almost came back in that game, and have looked ominous ever since.
This one is guaranteed to be an absolute thriller of a game, and while the Springboks should emerge victorious, don’t be too surprised if Japan’s story isn’t quite yet over.
Here are the betting offers available for both new and existing customers for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
New Zealand started the tournament as favourites at 2.25 and have started well. They beat South Africa in their opener, who themselves are the second favourite for the tournament. The seeding/ group nature of the tournament format means that these teams can’t meet again until the final; making it likely they will encounter each other once again.
This article contains a mixture of offers for new customers, and offers for existing customers.
Offers for New Customers
If you’re new to betting, and don’t have an account with one of the bookmakers below, then you can take advantage of one of these free bets.
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Offers for Existing Customers
We have a special offer from Paddy Power for England vs Australia, while the offers from 888sport, Betfred and Betway are available for all matches during the World Cup.
- Money Back As A Free Bet If A Forward Scores The First Try
Paddy Power will give your money back on all markets if a forward scores the first try during England vs Australia.
This will be paid as a free bet, up to £10 per customer.
- Get a £5 Free Bet Daily If You Back a Winner at Odds Higher Than 4.00
This is an interesting offer which can be redeemed daily at 888sport for the duration of the entire event.
Place a bet on any World Cup market at odds of minimum 4.00 and if you win, you’ll get a £5 Free Bet.
The minimum qualifying stake for the bet is £10.
- Get Paid as a Winner If You Pick the Right Number but the Wrong Team
Paddy Power will pay you as a winner if you pick a player to score first but the same number from the opposite team scores first.
The qualifying bets need to be pre-match, First Try Scorer singles at a maximum stake of £10.
- Extra Winnings If Your First Try Scorer Gets a Second
This is an offer Betfred has throughout the year and is available for the World Cup.
If your player scores the first try of the match and then goes on to score another, Betfred will double your first try scorer price.
- Get Paid out Twice on All Try First Scorer Bets If Your Selection Scores Again
This is similar to the Betfred offer.
Bet £2+ on a player to get the first try of any game during the World Cup, and if your winning selection goes on to score again, Betway will double your winnings.
The extra winnings will be paid in cash, with a maximum of £100.
Who is the Bookmaker Favourite?
New Zealand started as favourite to win the tournament, at 2.25.
The odds from below were taken from Betfair on October 18. A few weeks into the tournament and there has not been too much movement for the top 3 teams. The odds for Wales, Ireland and Australia have increased up a lot though.