A recent study by UEFA showed that the Six Nations Championships had an average attendance of 72,000 per game in the 2015 season – with a total attendance of 1,080,000 over the 15 games of the tournament. Making it the most attended sports event in the world! So there is little wonder why most bookmakers cater for the Rugby Union market. The appetite for betting on Rugby Union has steadily increased since the beginning of the professional era – 1991. More global markets have become available not just for International matches and tournaments but for National Leagues both from the Southern and Northern hemisphere. You will be able to find markets on the following:


  • Rugby World Cup
  • Six Nations Championship
  • The Rugby Championship
  • The British and Irish Lions tours
  • Summer and Autumn tours
Club Leagues
  • Aviva Premiership – England
  • Guinness Pro12 – Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales
  • Top 14 – France
  • Super Rugby – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan
Cup Competitions
  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • European Rugby Challenge Cup

Rugby Sevens

Also to  add to this is Rugby Sevens with the Main two international tournaments being:
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens
  • World Rugby Sevens Series
So as you can see the array of games available for betting action are global and are almost all year round.

Players Wages

When it comes to players wages they are a lot less than their footballing counterparts even though due to the physicality of the game making careers a lot shorter, we also should not forget the professional era in Rugby Union is only from 1991 and the Aviva Premiership Clubs are governed by a salary cap. The Current top 5 paid players in the World are

5. Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon – £600,000)

4. Aaron Cruden (Montpellier – £680,000)

3. Matt Giteau (Toulon – £900,000)

2. Dan Carter (Racing 92 – £1,400,000)

1. Ayumu Goromaru (Toulon – £1,400,000 +)


The types of bets available include: tournament winners, Match Result, Win Outright, Handicap Betting, First Tryscorer, Last Tryscorer, Total Points, 1st Half Betting. Review the odds and markets amongst the top bookies below.
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