England Rugby World Cup betting

Bookmakers across the country are preparing themselves for the “biggest week of patriotic punting in betting history” with half a billion pounds expected to be wagered on England following their remarkable run to the Rugby World Cup final.

Before the World Cup began, England were about 20/1 outsiders to retain the Web Ellis Cup they won in 2003. But more remarkable is the way England’s perceived chances have fluctuated during the tournament. After their loss (or more perhaps more aptly, their pasting) to South Africa in the group stages, they moved right out to as much as 80/1 at some bookmakers.

Nevertheless, some punters still held faith.

“We have quite a few bets from Nov 2003 that England would retain the Cup, and for the first time in four years, that looks like a good price. England drifted out to 66/1 after they were thrashed by South Africa with just one patriotic punter placing a £150 at 66/1 and he will collect just over £10,000 if England can win the final,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

On Betfair, the online betting exchange, one shrewdly patriotic optimist placed £12 on England winning the world cup at massive odds of 279/1.

England will need to step up their game once more if they are to overturn their defeat to South Africa in the group stages after the Springboks efficiently dispatched of the plucky Argentineans in yesterdays remaining semi-final. The Boks are 10/29 favourites to win the World Cup, with England now at 23/10.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-10-15 11:15:27

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