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What Bettors Need to Know About the 2023 Rugby World Cup – Early Odds, Stadiums, Top Players, and More

| December 13, 2020 1:43 am PDT
Rugby World Cup 2023

Did you know that you can already bet on the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France?

There are all kinds of rugby betting markets available for the 2023 edition of the world’s greatest international tournament. But with so many strong teams vying for glory, it’s difficult to pinpoint the nation best equipped to take the William Webb Ellis Trophy home with them.

Perhaps France can keep that trophy within its borders? Given the wealth of talent French coaches have at their disposal, surely they are among the betting favorites to win the Rugby World Cup in 2023? Or maybe a bet on the All Blacks, England, or South Africa makes more sense?

Among the areas I cover below are the odds for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the teams to look out for, and everything else a bettor needs to know about France 2023.

Let’s start with the basic details and work our way through the rest.

About the 2023 Rugby World Cup

  • The 2023 Rugby World Cup is the tenth edition of the tournament
  • It is scheduled to take place between September 8 and October 21, 2023
  • France host their second Rugby World Cup following the 2003 edition
  • South Africa is the reigning champion
  • 20 teams from all continents will compete for the trophy
  • A total of nine cities will host matches
  • The tournament coincides with the 200th anniversary of the “invention” of rugby

Yes, we have had just nine editions of this tournament so far.

France 2023 will be number ten, and what a tournament it should be for the hosts. The French have never tasted the glory of winning a World Cup, despite being involved in three finals and six semi-finals.

Anyone betting on South Africa to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be hoping to see the Springboks defend their crown. But once again, The All Blacks are the early favorites for the biggest prize in international rugby.

Let’s check out the early odds for France 2023.

Early Rugby World Cup Odds for 2023

New Zealand is the betting favorite for the 2023 Rugby World Cup with all the top online betting sites.

In other news, standing under a running shower gets you wet. I mean, New Zealand is always favored to lift the Webb Ellis, right? At least it always seems that way.

Still, an early bet on the All Blacks to win the tournament gets you odds of +175. If you place a $100 bet on New Zealand to win now, you could earn a profit of $175. Your total return will be $275 for that bet.

Not bad at all, right? We could see those odds decline dramatically depending on how well the three-time winners do in the run-up to the tournament. If the All Blacks get back to their dominant best, expect them to be minus money favorites by the time the tournament kicks off.

But are Ian Foster’s men the likely winners of the World Cup? Here is a little bit about the teams who will be challenging them in France 2023.

Most Likely Winners of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

  • New Zealand +175
  • England +350
  • France +450
  • South Africa +450
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You would be brave to bet against New Zealand (+175).

The All Blacks are phenomenally difficult to beat when they get it together. Although things haven’t been going great for them over the past couple of years, they are still unanimous favorites for the cup.

2019 Rugby World Cup finalists England (+350) are another force to be reckoned with.

Eddie Jones’ men are perhaps the most defensively sound and physically destructive unit in the game right now.

England’s are chasing the sequel to their sole World Cup win in 2003. Can they do it across the water in France?

The hosts, France (+450), are my personal favorites to lift the cup.

I predicted a resurgence in 2020, boosted by a solid coaching team and an abundance of young talent. That combination of experience and youthful exuberance makes these odds for France to win the World Cup in 2023 superb. Just don’t expect the odds to be this good for much longer.

And finally, we have the defending champions South Africa (+450).

Can the Springboks do it again in 2023? Can they become the first rugby nation to win four Rugby World Cups? You cannot write South Africa off. Ever.

Pools for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

20 teams will fight it out for the 2023 Rugby World Cup title in France.

France qualifies as the host, while 12 other teams avail from automatic qualification spots on account of third-place finishes at Japan 2019.

Teams that have already qualified are as follows.

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

There are eight other spots up for grabs. Seven will be decided by respective tournaments in regions and playoffs between nations from alternate regions. The last remaining World Cup place goes to the winner of a  repechage (wildcard) tournament scheduled for November 2022.

Explaining the 2023 Rugby World Cup Draw

The draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup goes down on December 14, 2020, in Paris.

It’s not the most difficult process, of course. Effectively, seedings come down to World Rugby Men’s Rankings on January 1, 2020, with teams are arranged into order of three bands of four.

The eight slots for teams yet to qualify are assigned, by position, into groups. Depending on the strength of the nation, they will be put into either bands four or five.

These slots are as follows.

  • Americas 1
  • Americas 2
  • Europe 1
  • Europe 2
  • Africa 1
  • Oceania 1
  • Asia / Pacific 1
  • Final Qualifier Winner

It’s exciting to find out more about the 2023 Rugby World Cup pools.

Who plays who? Where do they play? It’s going to be one hell of a tournament.

Rugby World Cup Stadiums for 2023

Stade de France
  • Matmut Atlantique – Bordeaux (42,000)
  • Stade Pierre-Mauroy – Lille (50,000)
  • Parc OL – Lyon (59,000)
  • Orange Vélodrome – Marseille (67,000)
  • Stade de la Beaujoire – Nantes (37,500)
  • Allianz Riviera – Nice (35,000)
  • Stade de France – Saint-Denis, Paris (80,000)
  • Stade Geoffroy-Guichard – Saint-Etienne (42,000)
  • Stadium de Toulouse – Toulouse (33,000)

A total of nine cities will host matches in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The stadiums above are all set to play a part in what should be an awesome tournament. One of the reasons why France was chosen to host the World Cup for a second time is the abundance of excellent stadiums and facilities in the country.

Of course, there was also the success of 2003, when France hosted their first tournament.

Players to Watch at the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Antoine Dupont

Earlier Rugby World Cup tournaments have been the springboard for the careers of many of the legends we know and love today.

Men like Michael Jones, Serge Blanco, Joost van der Westhuizen, Jonah Lomu, Johnny Wilkinson, Dan Carter, John Eales, and Richie McCaw are immortalized in the annals of World Cup history. And in 2023, more legends will be born.

Here are just a handful of the players I expect to shine at France 2023.

Antoine Dupont

  • Nation: France
  • Position: Scrumhalf

The greatest scrumhalf in rugby will be crucial to any success France hopes to have in 2023.

The Toulouse star man will make his mark on the tournament, that’s for certain. He will be just 27 in the upcoming World Cup, which is essentially the prime age for a player in his position.

Maro Itoje

  • Nation: England
  • Position: Lock/Flanker

Itoje is just a monster.

Regarded by some as the best player in the world right now, the Saracens lock is the first name on Eddie Jones’ team sheet. Itoje combines physical, athletic, and intelligent traits that mark him as a future legend of the sport.

Cheslin Kolbe

  • Nation: South Africa
  • Position: Winger

A star man of South Africa’s awesome 2019 World Cup win.

In 2023, Kolbe will be expected to pick up where he left off in Japan. And if he can come anywhere close to the consistent levels of performance he registered in 2019, the Springboks will be an even greater threat to all teams than they are right now.

Beauden Barrett

  • Nation: New Zealand
  • Position: Fly-Half/Fullback 

Barrett will more than likely be appearing in his final Rugby World Cup in 2023.

The All Black icon won the title in 2015 with New Zealand and made the semi-final in Japan four years later. Can Barrett lead his nation to glory? Well, he’ll certainly play a big part in the Kiwis’ campaign.

And That’s All For Now

Well, that’s everything I wanted to cover today.

I hope you now have a better sense of what to expect when betting on the 2023 Rugby World Cup. From early France 2023 odds to the stadiums and players that should make this a tournament to remember, you should have a solid grasp of what to expect of the next World Cup.

Whether you are betting on New Zealand, Wales, or Fiji to win the Rugby World Cup in 2023, you will find odds available between now and the start of the tournament.

The early bird typically catches the worm. If you’re looking for some great value, it can be best to strike before the odds take more shape.

Alternatively, if you’re thinking of waiting a little longer to place your bets, you can always make good use of our rugby betting content. In the lead up to the tournament, we will be covering more about the 2023 Rugby World Cup. You can find out more via the following channels.

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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