Rugby Union World Cup Betting Guide

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The 2027 Rugby Union World Cup kick offs in Australia on 1st October, the current champions are South Africa. In this Betting Guide we preview this tournament and take a look at past winners.

Rugby Union World Cup Betting Guide
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Rugby Union World Cup Information

Where and when is the Rugby Union World Cup 2027?

The 2027 Rugby Union World Cup kicks off on 1st October 2027 in Australia. This is the 11th edition of the tournament and the second time Australia has hosted the whole event, they were joint hosts with New Zealand for the inaugural Rugby Union World Cup in 1987.

Is the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup matches live on TV?

The 2027 Rugby Union World Cup TV schedule is to be confirmed.

Who will win the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup?

OLBG's knowledgeable rugby tipsters provide Rugby Union World Cup predictions with analysis on the tournament winner market and the matches throughout so be sure to check their 2027 Rugby Union World Cup tips before deciding on your Rugby Union World Cup bets.

2027 Rugby Union World Cup Betting Odds

Who are favourites to win the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup?

South Africa have won the two previous editions of the current Rugby Union World Cup. OLBG's Rugby Union experts with the best profit over the last year for Rugby Union betting tips provide their selections and analysis over on the Best Rugby Union Tipsters page.

World Cup 2027 27 May @ 16:32 - Win Tournament
New Zealand 3.50
South Africa 4.50
France 6.00
Ireland 6.50
Australia 10.00
England 11.00
Argentina 34.00
Fiji 51.00
Scotland 51.00
Wales 51.00

How can I place a bet on the 2027 Rugby World Cup?

If you are new to Rugby betting and wish to seek a better understanding of how rugby betting works and the various betting markets available on the matches then take a few minutes to read our Rugby Betting Advice article written by an OLBG member which outlines the options available. 

We have an army of knowledgeable Rugby Union tipsters on OLBG, this 'Do You Want To Become A Better Rugby Punter?' blog was written by one and is packed full of useful pointers to consider before deciding on your rugby bets.

Not sure who the best bookmakers are for Rugby betting then check out our Best Bookie For Rugby Betting Guide before placing your Rugby Union World Cup bets. The Bookmaker Guide previews the most popular bookmakers when it comes to rugby betting coverage and best odds, it also has the latest bookie offers and promotions to help maximise your Rugby betting. You may find a new bookie who you have not placed bets with previously.

2027 Rugby Union World Cup Venues

Where will the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup final be played?

The 2027 Rugby Union World Cup final venue is to be confirmed These are twelve stadium venues shortlisted to host 2027 Rugby Union World Cup matches:

  • Stadium Australia, Olympic Park, New South Wales (83,500 Capacity)
  • Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park, New South Wales (45,000 Capacity)
  • Western Sydney Stadium, Parramatta, New South Wales (30,000 Capacity)
  • Newcastle International Sports Centre, New South Wales (30,500 Capacity)
  • Perth Stadium, Western Australia (65,000 Capacity)
  • Lang Park, Brisbane, Queensland (52,500 Capacity)
  • Robina Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland (27,400 Capacity)
  • North Queensland Stadium, Townsville (25,000 Capacity)
  • Adelaide Oval, South Australia (52,500 Capacity)
  • Canberra Stadium, Australian Capital Territory (25,011 Capacity)
  • Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria (47,000 Capacity)
  • Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Olympic Boulevard (33,000 Capacity)

2027 Rugby Union World Cup Format & Schedule


The 2027 Rugby Union World Cup is being expanded to 24 participating teams. The following 12 teams who finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the 2023 World Cup Pools (First Round Stage) have gained automatic qualification:

  • South Africa
  • Japan
  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Argentina


To be confirmed.

2027 Rugby Union World Cup Fixtures & Results

Pool A

The result of the opening match of the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup featuring hosts France against New Zealand is more than likely going to decide the Pool A winners all things being equal as the two nations are vying for Pool A favouritism with the bookies as we head into the tournament and the remaining nations in this Pool namely Italy, Namibia and Uruguay not expected to make an impact if the ante post odds are correct. New Zealand are marginally favoured in most books but it is a toss of a coin to a certain extent.

Pool A Fixtures & Results

  • Friday 8th September (20:15 GMT), Stade de France: France 27 v 13 New Zealand
  • Saturday 9th September (12:00), Saint-Etienne: Italy 52 v 8 Namibia
  • Thursday 14th September (20:00), Lille: France 27 v 12 Uruguay
  • Friday 15th September (20:00), Toulouse: New Zealand 71 v 3 Namibia
  • Wednesday 20th September (16:45), Nice: Italy 38 v 17 Uruguay
  • Thursday 21st September (20:00), Marseille: France 96 v 0 Namibia
  • Wednesday 27th September (16:45), Lyon: Uruguay 36 v 26 Namibia
  • Friday 29th September (20:00), Lyon: Italy 17 v 96 New Zealand
  • Thursday 5th October (20:00), Lyon: New Zealand 73 v 0 Uruguay
  • Friday 6th October (20:00), Lyon: France 60 v 7 Italy

Pool A Table

NationP-W-D-LPoints For/AgainstPoints
New Zealand4-3-0-1253-4715

Pool B

The ante post Pool B odds suggest this may rest between Ireland and the reigning Rugby Union World Cup champions South Africa as at the time of writing the bookies are finding them hard to split, Scotland will be hoping to have a say in the matter as they are clear third in the ante post betting.

Pool B Fixtures & Results

  • Saturday 9th September (14:30), Bordeaux: Ireland 82 v 8 Romania
  • Sunday 10th September (16:45), Marseille: South Africa 18 v 3 Scotland
  • Saturday 16th September (20:00), Nantes: Ireland 59 v 16 Tonga
  • Sunday 17th September (14:00), Bordeaux: South Africa 76 v 0 Romania
  • Saturday 23rd September (20:00), Stade de France: South Africa 8 v 13 Ireland
  • Sunday 24th September (16:45), Nice: Scotland 45 v 17 Tonga
  • Saturday 30th September (20:00), Lille: Scotland 84 v 0 Romania
  • Sunday 1st October (20:00), Marseille: South Africa 49 v 18 Tonga
  • Saturday 7th October (20:00), Stade de France: Ireland 36 v 14 Scotland
  • Sunday 8th October (16:45), Lille: Tonga 45 v 24 Romania

Pool B Table

NationP-W-D-LPoints For/AgainstPoints
South Africa4-3-0-1151-3415

Pool C

Australia are clear favourites to top Pool C and progress to the knockout phase. Wales had a poor Six Nations campaign earlier in the year amid backroom unrest however they are clear second best in the Pool C ante post odds to make it through to the quarter finals along with Australia.

Pool C Fixtures & Results

  • Saturday 9th September (17:00), Stade de France: Australia 35 v 15 Georgia
  • Sunday 10th September (20:00), Bordeaux: Wales 32 v 26 Fiji
  • Saturday 16th September (16:45), Nice: Wales 28 v 8 Portugal
  • Sunday 17th September (16:45), Saint-Etienne: Australia 15 v 22 Fiji
  • Saturday 23rd September (13:00), Toulouse: Georgia 18 v 18 Portugal
  • Sunday 24th September (20:00), Lyon: Wales 40 v 6 Australia
  • Saturday 30th September (16:45), Bordeaux: Fiji 17 v 12 Georgia
  • Sunday 1st October (16:45), Saint-Etienne: Australia 34 v 14 Portugal
  • Saturday 7th October (14:00), Nantes: Wales 43 v 19 Georgia
  • Sunday 8th October (20:00), Toulouse: Fiji 23 v 24 Portugal

Pool C Table

NationP-W-D-LPoints For/AgainstPoints

Pool D

The bookies ante post odds for Pool D suggests it is a two horse race between 2019 Rugby Union World Cup beaten finalists England and the 'Pumas' of Argentina.

  • Saturday 9th September (20:00), Marseille: England 27 v 10 Argentina
  • Sunday 10th September (12:00), Toulouse: Japan 42 v 12 Chile
  • Saturday 16th September (14:00), Bordeaux: Samoa 43 v 10 Chile
  • Sunday 17th September (20:00), Nice: England 34 v 12 Japan
  • Friday 22nd September (16:45), Saint-Etienne: Argentina 19 v 10 Samoa
  • Saturday 23rd September (16:45), Lille: England 71 v 0 Chile
  • Thursday 28th September (20:00), Toulouse: Japan 28 v 22 Samoa
  • Saturday 30th September (14:00), Nantes: Argentina 59 v 5 Chile
  • Saturday 7th October (16:45), Lille: England 18 v 17 Samoa
  • Sunday 8th October (12:00), Nantes: Japan 27 v 39 Argentina

Pool D Table

NationP-W-D-LPoints For/AgainstPoints

Quarter Finals

  • Saturday 14th October (16:00), Marseille: Wales 17 v 29 Argentina
  • Saturday 14th October (20:00), Paris: Ireland 24 v 28 New Zealand
  • Sunday 15th October (16:00), Marseille: England 30 v 24 Fiji
  • Sunday 15th October (20:00), Paris: France 28 v 29 South Africa

Semi Finals

  • Friday 20th October (20:00), Paris: Argentina 6 v 44 New Zealand
  • Saturday 21st October (20:00), Paris: England 15 v 16 South Africa

Bronze Final

  • Friday 27th October (20:00), Paris: Argentina 23 v 26 England


  • Saturday 28th October (20:00), Paris: New Zealand 11 v 12 South Africa

2027 Rugby Union World Cup Tipster Competition

If you are a successful rugby bettor and would like to compete alongside the OLBG Rugby tipsters and add your Rugby Union World Cup tips then come and have a go and look out competition details nearer to the World Cup kick off.

The Rugby Union World Cup Tipster competition is totally FREE to enter as are all the OLBG tipster competitions including the monthly Rugby Union Tipster competition and offers a total cash prize pot of £200 with 13 prizes in total and a £50 top prize to the tipster finishing the competition with the highest level stakes profit (LSP).

If you would like to play regularly in our rugby tipster competitions we have a separate monthly Rugby Union Competition and Rugby League Competition, there is a total of £235 available in cash prizes to be won for Rugby tips plus we have our annual Six Nations Tipster Competition which carries a £200 total cash prize fund and a £50 top prize.

Six Nations Betting Guide

Six Nations Betting Guide

Previous Rugby Union World Cup Winners

When was the first Rugby Union World Cup?

The first Rugby Union World Cup was in 1987 when hosts New Zealand defeated France 29-9 in the final. The two nations open this year's Rugby Union World Cup which is the tenth edition.

How many teams have won the Rugby Union World Cup?

Reigning champions South Africa have won the most Rugby Union World Cups, the total currently standing at four. New Zealand the beaten 2023 finalists have won three, Australia have won twice and England once.

Here is a table showing the previous Rugby Union World Cup winners and finalists:

YearWinnerRunner UpScore Venue
2023South AfricaNew Zealand
Stade de France, France
2019South AfricaEngland32-12Nissan Stadium, Japan
2015New ZealandAustralia34-17Twickenham, England
2011New ZealandFrance8-7Eden Park, New Zealand
2007South AfricaEngland15-6Stade de France, France
2003EnglandAustralia20-17Telstra Stadium, Australia
1999AustraliaFrance35-12Millennium Stadium, Wales
1995South AfricaNew Zealand15-12Ellis Park, South Africa
1991AustraliaEngland12-6Twickenham, England
1987New ZealandFrance29-9Eden Park, New Zealand

Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. The data in this Rugby Union World Cup Betting Guide is managed by James Banting who looks after the Rugby Tipsters and results in the Rugby Tips Section. Our Commercial Content Manager Luke Bradshaw-Lee is a keen Rugby fan; he fact checks the article for accuracy and publication. Together they produce our Rugby Union Previews and Rugby League Previews.

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James manages the Rugby tips and Tipsters and ensure all data is updated in this article regularly and ready for the next event
Luke Bradshaw Lee

Luke Bradshaw Lee

Commercial content manager

Luke ensures the accuracy by fact checking the data and edits the copy for publication

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