France Now Joint Favorites to Win the 2023 Rugby World Cup

| March 7, 2022 9:24 am PDT
  • France joins New Zealand as betting favorites for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
  • Les Blues’ form in the 2022 Six Nations has helped their cause.
  • The French will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup with a tie against New Zealand up first.

France has never won a world title. But that could be about to change. If the latest 2023 Rugby World Cup odds on the leading rugby betting sites are to be believed. 

The French are on course for their first Six Nations title since 2010. Since then, Les Bleus have had to sit back and watch England, Ireland, and Wales share the spoils.

Should France go on to win their remaining two matches in the tournament, some bettors will flock to back them for next year’s Webb Ellis Trophy. But the odds for a French win on home soil are still appealing. 

Odds to Win the 2023 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand+225
South Africa+500

The odds above come courtesy of the Betway sportsbook. You can head on over there to get your 2023 Rugby World Cup bets down now, or alternatively, hold off until you are sure about who wins the 2023 World Cup in France.

Seen as the most exciting team in test rugby today, the French have an embarrassment of riches from prop to fullback. 

Captained by World Rugby Player of the Year Antoine Dupont, this golden era for France’s international team should bring with it a lot of success. Of course, success is only measured by the tangibles, such as Six Nations titles and, on the upper scale, Rugby World Cup wins. 

France has never lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy. Despite appearing in three finals, they have never gone all the way. In fact, Les Bleus are the only Rugby World Cup finalist never to have won the cup.

Will France Win the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

Although the French have enjoyed an excellent start to the 2022 Six Nations, not everyone is sold on them being the most dominant force in test rugby. 

A routine win over Italy was followed up by a solid win over Ireland, but that game was almost stolen from them by The Men in Green. On another day, things could have been different. Still, any fears that the French were a little overrated were allayed with their solid win over Scotland in Round 3.

If France can get past the Welsh in Cardiff and England on Super Saturday, they will surely attract a lot of action. Betting on France to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup will make more sense if they can set out a marker a year out from the tournament.

Of course, Fabien Gathie’s men will have a lot more rugby to play between the end of the 2022 Six Nations and September 8, 2023. Peaking at the right time is crucial for World Cup hopefuls, and the French will be conscious of this. 

Who Does France Play in the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

The French take on three-time World Cup winners, New Zealand, in their first game. 

As hosts, France will open the tournament against the All Blacks, before taking on Italy, Uruguay, and a yet-to-be-confirmed African team. Regardless of the result against the Kiwis, France will almost certainly make the first knockout round. 

The winner of Pool A will take on the runner-up from Pool B, and vice versa. This means that France is likely to meet either South Africa or Ireland in the quarter-finals on October 14 or 15. Both the reigning world champions and the Irish will offer exceptionally tough tests to the French.

If France can come through with a win against one of those teams, it will be tough to back against them.

Keep up to date with the latest odds for the 2023 World Cup, as well as key betting insight into next year’s tournament, by following our rugby betting blog.

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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