Betting Preview for the 2021 Autumn Internationals

By Adam Haynes in Rugby
| October 15, 2021 9:24 am PDT

While everyone else is preparing for the holidays, true fans are counting the days down to the annual end-of-season rugby tests. 

I’ll be talking you through a few things you need to know about betting on the Autumn Internationals in 2021, including previews of the best teams set to clash in Europe from October 30 to November 27. 

Alongside the fixtures for the 2021 Autumn Internationals, I’ll also be highlighting the best games to bet on in the series. Stick with me for those.

Before we go any further, let’s check out the odds for some of the matches headed our way this fall.

2021 Autumn Internationals Odds

If you’re looking to bet on Autumn Internationals matches, you’ll be keen to find out what the latest prices are.

As it stands, there are only a few of the early matches available to bet on.

Scotland vs. Tonga

  • Scotland -20 Points: 10/11 (-110)
  • Tonga +20 Points: 10/11 (-110)

The line is currently set at 20 points, with the Scots favored to beat the spread.

At a packed-out Murrayfield, it’s hard to see Tonga coming away with the win. Especially with this first match of the series a chance for the Scots to shine.

Wales vs. New Zealand

  • Wales +12 Points: 10/11 (-110)
  • New Zealand -12 Points: 10/11 (-110)

Can Wales break a winless run against the All Blacks that stretches back to 1953?

It would be a major boost for Wayne Pivac’s side if they could overcome the might of the world’s most lethal attacking force.

The bookies aren’t too hopeful on Wales’ chances, however.

Ireland vs. New Zealand

  • Ireland +10 Points: 10/11 (-110)
  • New Zealand -10 Points: 10/11 (-110)

Where to Bet on the 2021 Autumn Internationals

You can find Autumn Internationals odds for 2021 on our best sports betting sites.

Make sure to shop around for the best prices for all markets, which include match winners, handicaps, first try-scorers, top points scorers, and more.

Now you have seen the initial odds for the Autumn Internationals in 2021, check out the fixtures.

Autumn International Fixtures List (2021)

If you’re looking to bet on the Autumn Internationals in 2021, there are twenty matches to look forward to from October 30 to November 27.

All teams from the Six Nations such as France, Ireland, and Wales will be taking part, with visitors from the Southern Hemisphere looking to prove their worth.

Reigning Rugby World Cup holders South Africa join the likes of Argentina, Japan, and New Zealand in the end-of-year rugby union tests. 

Check them out.

Week 1 – October 30

  • Scotland vs. Tonga (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
  • Wales vs. New Zealand (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

Match of the Round: Wales vs. New Zealand

Week 2 – November 6-7

  • Ireland vs. Japan (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
  • England vs. Tonga (Twickenham, London)
  • Italy vs. New Zealand (TBC)
  • Wales vs. South Africa (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)
  • France vs. Argentina (Stade de France, Paris)
  • Scotland vs. Australia (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)

Match of the Round: Wales vs. South Africa

Week 3 – November 13-14

  • Italy vs. Argentina (TBC)
  • Scotland vs. South Africa (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
  • Ireland vs. New Zealand (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
  • England vs. Australia (Twickenham, London)
  • France vs. Georgia (Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux)
  • Wales vs. Fiji (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

Match of the Round: Ireland vs. New Zealand

Week 4 – November 20-21

  • Italy vs. Uruguay – (TBC)
  • Scotland vs. Japan (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
  • England vs. South Africa (Twickenham, London)
  • Wales vs. Australia (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)
  • France vs. New Zealand (Stade de France, Paris)
  • Ireland vs. Argentina (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

Match of the Round: England vs. South Africa

Week 5 – November 27

  • Barbarians vs. Samoa (Twickenham, London)

Previewing the Top Southern Hemisphere Teams

Although the likes of Tonga and Japan are not regarded as the best traveling teams, they will be tough tests for their respective opponents. 

Still, teams from the Rugby Championship are the ones fans in the north are anticipating most. The All Blacks and South Africa always get the pulses racing.


Argentina Rugby Crest

The Pumas head to France, Ireland, and Italy with high hopes.

And why not? Mario Ledesma’s troops have good records against all three nations, with 14 wins over the French.

They knocked the Irish out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a stunning display of attacking nous, and boast a head-to-head record of 22-5 against the Italians.

Although the South Americans finished the Rugby Championship with six losses from six matches, the level of competition in 2021 was fierce.

A resurgent Australia showed some excellent signs of rugby, while the All Blacks showed indications of getting back to their finest form.


Australia Rugby Crest

Six games produced four wins and two losses for the Wallabies over the summer.

The first two games produced mighty hammerings, forcing the Aussies to adapt. And adapt they did.

The rebirth of maverick fly-half Quade Cooper helped to string four straight wins together for the first time in as many years.

There was a clear spark to Dave Rennie’s side, who will arguably be the keener of the big four Southern Hemisphere sides to get to business up north.

Samu Kerevi, along with Cooper, injected some much-needed creativity and attacking verve. It’ll be interesting to see these two together against England, Scotland, and Wales.

Rob Valetini, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, and Andrew Kellaway are all ready to show what they are capable of.

New Zealand

New Zealand Rugby Crest

The All Blacks claimed the championship this year, although will have been rankled not to make it five from five.

A lapse in concentration allowed the Springboks to snatch a last gasp win in the final game of the tournament, which also demoted them from the top team in the world to 2nd place.

The rugby-mad nation is used to wins and accolades but will be focused on keeping pride intact for this year’s tests.

The odds for New Zealand to win their Autumn Internationals matches against Ireland, Italy, and Wales should be, unsurprisingly, tight. 

The 2021 Rugby Championship standings show how penetrating in attack and solid in defense they were this year.

Team Matches Wins Losses Scored Conceded Points
New Zealand 6 5 1 218 104 25
Australia 6 4 2 160 163 18
South Africa 6 3 3 152 128 15
Argentina 6 0 6 60 195 0

The consensus best team on the planet will be looking to end the tests in Europe with a record of 12-1 at the end of 2021.

And while their expansive game and depth should see them odds-on to do just that, Ireland and Wales will be looking to test their rawness at the set-piece and under high balls.

The side everyone wants to watch will be looking to prove that they are truly back to their best.

South Africa

South Africa Rugby Crest

A bitter-sweet tournament for the reigning world champions ended on a high note for the Springboks.

That win over New Zealand meant that Jacques Nienaber’s team head to the Northern Hemisphere as the world’s best side, according to the current World Rugby Rankings.

The Rugby Championship was a much tougher prospect for the South Africans given their physically draining tests against the British and Irish Lions over the summer.

This, in many ways, meant that the team was up against it. And it showed early on.

Although a colossal unit, the Springboks found themselves exposed by the expansive gameplan of the southern teams. Even England, Scotland, and Wales are all capable of attractive, attacking ruggers, Nienaber’s rigid tactics will more than likely be more effective against the Europeans.

Will fatigue play a factor? If so, could we see some surprise results?

Analyzing the Best Teams in the Northern Hemisphere

Although the Southern Hemisphere sides are at a disadvantage when these tests roll around, many of the current British and Irish Lions will still be feeling the heat from the tour to South Africa.

France will be looking to make a statement against the traveling sides, while Italy will be hoping for a better showing this time around.

Here’s a preview of the 2021 Autumn Internationals teams from the north.


England Rugby Crest

The English face Tonga, Australia, and South Africa with the latter the one fans will be looking to most.

A disappointing run in the 2021 Six Nations saw the pre-tournament favorites scraping 5th place for the second time under Eddie Jones.

A post-mortem was carried out in the aftermath of the competition, with Richard Cockerill, Anthony Seibold, and Martin Gleeson looking to tighten up attack and defense. The Aussie escaped the sack this time.

Lions like Maro Itoje, Tom Curry, and Owen Farrell will offer experience while all eyes will be on exciting prospects like Marcus Smith and Adam Radwan.

Australia and South Africa will be stern tests, but the side will be expected to get past Tonga.


France Rugby Crest

France finished second in the Six Nations and will have been disappointed not to have won the trophy. 

Les Bleus will be looking to right those wrongs and make good on their promise to challenge for big honors, as this early betting preview for the 2023 World Cup mentions.

The French take on Argentina and New Zealand, with fellow-Europeans Georgia also on the fixtures list.

There is no doubt who Fabien Galthie’s men will be anticipating the most, however, with the away side more than likely returning the compliment.

This young French team has ridiculous potential, with World Rugby U20 Championship-winning players like Demba Bamba, Romain Ntamack, Kilian Geraci Pierre-Louis Barassi, Louis Carbonel, Jean-Baptiste Gros, and more making it an exciting time to be a French rugby fan.

The team is driven by the excellence of Antoine Dupont, with more key players like Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt, and Damian Penaud doing their bit.


The selection policy of Andy Farrell has come under scrutiny at times, but there is optimism ahead of the series for the Men in Green.

Having beaten New Zealand to top the World Rugby Rankings at the end of 2018, a lot was expected of the side then steered by the stoic Joe Schmidt.

Unfortunately, things went downhill in rapid fashion as the Irish found themselves beaten by Japan en route to a hammering at the hands of the All Blacks in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The side is still undergoing a period of transition, with key players like Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, and Peter O’Mahony close to being spent forces on the international scene.

Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, and Peter O'Mahony

It’s far from doom and gloom for Ireland, however, as a crop of exciting talent emerges in the nation to challenge some of the old guard for starting places.

Hugo Keenan’s performances in the 2021 Six Nations saw him heralded as a perfect replacement for Rob Kearney, while Munster Player of the Year, Craig Casey, looks as good a prospect as any in Europe.

Farrell needs to experiment with some major tests on the horizon, particularly against New Zealand.

But will he deviate from his conservative game plan and give the likes of Ben Healy, Jack Crowley, or Harry Byrne a shot at 10?


Scotland Rugby Crest

Gregor Townsend’s side has been an emerging force of late. 

A fourth-place finish in this year’s Six Nations could have been so much better, if not for some woeful errors and poor game management. 

The likes of Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg drive the team forward. But my 2021 Autumn Internationals preview would be invalid without arguing that Duhan van der Merwe, Cameron Redpath, and Hamish Watson could be as integral to success for the Scots as the star pair.

Scotland face Tonga, South Africa, and Japan with eyes on winning all three matches.

The one in the middle is clearly going to be the toughest of them all, but getting past the Tongans should be at the forefront of the squad’s ambitions for now.


Wales Rugby Crest

Although the Welsh were unfancied heading into the 2021 Six Nations, they ended up winning the tournament.

Albeit, with the advantage of three red cards from five games. 

As they say, you can only play what is in front of you, and Wayne Pivac’s men got the all-important wins.

For the Wales coach, the success eased massive pressure and gives him a solid platform to build upon ahead of the side’s first test against the All Blacks in Cardiff.

Wales has the toughest test list of them all, with Australia and South Africa also visiting the Principality stadium. The good news, however, is that English-based players such as Dan Biggar and Louis Rees-Zammit are cleared to play. 

WillGriff John and Christ Tshiunza are the only uncapped players named in the Wales squad for the Autumn Internationals.

Best Matches to Bet on in the 2021 Autumn Internationals

I hate having to whittle down the top matches in the 2021 Autumn Internationals to bet on to just five.

In truth, most of the games on the schedule will offer plenty of betting opportunities. 

That said, the five games below are ones you should circle in your calendar.

Wales vs. New Zealand

  • Favorite to Win: New Zealand
  • Early Prediction: New Zealand 15+ Points

The Haka alone is enough to send shivers up one’s spine, but watching the world’s greatest rugby export in full swing is something else.

With some of the top stars on the planet set to visit the Principality in the opening round of matches in the Autumn Internationals, this is one you don’t want to miss. The betting opportunities will be endless, too. 

I’ll be making my picks for the big game closer to the day. I’ll let you know how to get your hands on them a little later.

In the meantime, give the following guide the once over for Autumn Internationals bets you can place on all matches.

France vs. Argentina

  • Favorite to Win: France
  • Early Prediction: France by 10+ Points

The French are slowly becoming one of the best teams in the world to watch. 

Following years in the wilderness, the mavericks are starting to find their flair once more, making them a must-watch team at the end of the year rugby internationals.

Argentina will be up for this test. Their expansive game and all-action style should make this a blinder.

Scotland vs. South Africa

  • Favorite to Win: South Africa
  • Early Prediction: South Africa by 5+ Points

It’s time for the Scots to show what they are really made of.

A head-to-head with the world champions at Murrayfield will give them the perfect opportunity to lay a marker down. With a rampant home crowd behind Townsend’s side, they will go straight for the jugular.

This could be closer than most think, despite the following head-to-head for Scotland and South Africa in their last five matches making for stark reading for the Scots.

Score Winner Venue Date Competition
30–17 South Africa Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Jun 15, 2013 South African Quadrangular Tournament
0–28 South Africa Murrayfield, Edinburgh Nov 17, 2013 2013 Autumn International
55–6 South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth June 28, 2014 2014 Mid-year Test
34–16 South Africa St. James’ Park, Newcastle, England October 3, 2015 2015 Rugby World Cup
20–26 South Africa Murrayfield, Edinburgh November 17, 2018 2018 Autumn International

Ireland vs. New Zealand

  • Favorite to Win: New Zealand
  • Prediction: New Zealand 10+ Points

The All Blacks loss in Dublin in 2018 means that the traveling team will need no inspiration.

The Irish always raise their game against the Kiwis and should give them problems in the first half. However, I expect New Zealand to turn it up a notch in the second half and win by a try or two.

England vs. South Africa

  • Favorite to Win: South Africa
  • Prediction: England by 3+ Points

A sobering loss in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final left the English deflated.

This time around, Jones and his team will be ready for whatever the Springboks throw their way. 

I anticipate a dogged arm wrestle that will be decided by fatigue in the final quarter. Whatever happens, it should be a classic.

France vs. New Zealand

  • Favorite to Win: New Zealand
  • Prediction: France by 5+ Points

The All Blacks should be favorites heading into this game. 

But with their current crop of stars, France will fear no one in Paris. Not even the mighty Kiwis.

The French are the only side to beat New Zealand in my early predictions for the Autumn Internationals in 2021.

Betting on the Autumn Internationals in 2021

That just about brings this year’s Autumn Internationals preview to an end. 

I’m stoked to see the world’s top rugby stars duking it out on the highest stage, and I’m sure you feel the same. 

Before I let you go on your way, I mentioned that I would be providing you with individual match picks for the games coming up. You can find those with the rest of our recommended bets for rugby. 

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