Is the Rugby World Cup 2023 Ireland’s to Lose?

France are quite possibly the only team that stands in Ireland’s way of winning the 2023 Rugby World Cup. In other words, all they have to do is keep on winning, and then if they make it to the final and face France, beat them.

They have gotten off to a great start and are currently at the top of group B, having already beaten South Africa, Tonga, and Romania. France are currently at the top of group A.

They must now beat Romania in their final group stage match to ensure they progress to the knockout stage. Let’s dive straight in to take a closer look at Ireland’s chances of winning the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

What are Ireland’s chances of winning the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

If you want to get a much better idea of Ireland’s chances of winning the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, which is already well underway, the best thing to do would be to look at the latest odds.

The most trusted online bookmaker with the best rugby betting odds in South Africa is the official 10bet website, which is known for having some of the iGaming industry’s most competitive odds for rugby and many other major global sports.

This trusted real-money gambling site recently became the official sponsor of the South Africa men’s national football team. It also happens to be the official Lamontville Golden Arrows’ sponsor.

Let’s now take a closer look at Ireland’s latest odds of winning the Rugby World Cup and then reveal the latest odds for several other favourites:

  • Ireland – currently priced, on average, at around 3/1 in the fractional odds format, meaning they are one of three joint-odds-on favourite teams to win the tournament outright, along with host nation France, and South Africa.

In other words, it’s extremely close and too tight to call. When 3/1 is converted into decimal odds, which some people prefer using, it equates to 4.00, and in American/moneyline odds, it’s +300.

If you want to look at things in terms of the implied probability rate of Ireland lifting the trophy this year, 3/1, 4.00, or +300 is the same as saying they have a 25.00% chance of winning.

Here are the latest odds for the other teams:

  • France – 3/1, 4.00, +300 = 25% IPR (implied probability rate)
  • South Africa – 3/1, 4.00, +300 = 25% IPR
  • New Zealand – 4/1, 5.00, +400 = 20% IPR
  • England – 10/1, 11.00, +1,100 = 9.1% IPR
  • Wales – 16/1, 17.00, +1,600 = 5.9% IPR
  • Argentina – 40/1, 41.00, +4,000 = 2.4% IPR

The other teams that are also competing at this year’s Rugby World Cup who have very little chance of winning are Fiji (40/1), Scotland (100/1), Australia (250/1), Italy (250/1), Japan (500/1), Samoa (1,000/1), Georgia (2,500/1), and Portugal (2,500/1).

How have Ireland fared so far?

In their opening game of the 2023 Rugby World Cup on September 9th, Ireland beat Romania 82-8 in a convincing performance. The game was played at the Matmut Atlantique stadium, also known as the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.

On September 16th, they beat Tonga 59-16 at the Stade de la Beaujoire, and in their most recent fixture on September 23rd, they beat South Africa (the Springboks) 13-8 in their most important win of the tournament so far.

Their final group stage match is against Scotland on October 7th, which they must also win. They are currently top of group B with 14 points, which puts them above second-place South Africa (10 pts), third-place Scotland (5), fourth-place Tonga (0), and bottom of the group Romania (0).

As it stands, France are top of group A with 13 points (Italy are in second place), Wales are top of group C with 14 points (Fiji are second), and England are top of group D with 14 points (Japan are in second).

Are there any safe online bookmakers in South Africa?

If you’re looking to have a flutter on the world cup before it’s too late, one of the safest online sports betting websites for people living in South Africa is 10bet. It accepts South African Rand, and you can deposit and withdraw here using numerous secure SA online payment options.

Examples include credit and debit cards (Visa/Mastercard), EFT (OZOW and Capitec Pay), Mobile Scan to Pay (using your mobile’s QR code with Masterpass and Zapper), and several popular South African prepaid voucher cards (Blue Voucher, OTT Voucher, EasyPay, and 1Voucher).

Final note

If you sign up to place 2023 Rugby World Cup bets, always remember to gamble responsibly, and don’t forget that the 10bet website only allows people 18 years old or above to open an account.

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