Rugby Union Betting

For the best selection of rugby betting odds from betting markets around the world, Sportingbet South Africa is where it’s at! The Sportingbet website allows you to access dozens of rugby betting markets featuring every major rugby match and fixture. 

If you’ve not had any interest in rugby until now, it’s a great time to get involved. With South Africa riding the wave of euphoria after winning both the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cup, you’re in a great position to learn everything you need to know about rugby union. As a bit of a teaser, here’s some terminology to get you in the know:

  • Try: when the ball is grounded in a marked section on the opposite end of the pitch, the team is awarded five points. 

  • Conversion: the attacking team gets the chance to score an additional two points by kicking the ball through the posts. 

  • Line-out: this is when the ball is thrown in from the side of the pitch. This is contested by a minimum of two players from each team.

  • Scrum: the eight forwards from each side bind together to push each other back. One side will have the ‘put in’ - feeding the ball into the scrum.

  • Drop-goal: this is a kick from the hands that must hit the floor before being kicked. The team is awarded three points if it goes through the posts. 

  • Turnover: this is when the defending team retrieves possession from the attacking team.


With this newfound knowledge, you’re ready to bet on rugby World Cup, Super Rugby and Rugby Championship matches available on Sportingbet. You can place your rugby bets well in advance, choosing the Outright Winner, Winning Nation, Top Tournament Try scorer and Team to Finish Bottom whenever you want. 

Sportingbet offers match price and handicap betting on all the major tournaments including World Rugby Sevens Series, Currie Cup, Varsity Cup, French Top 14, Aviva Premiership, European Rugby Champions Cup and Pro 14 odds. There’s the option to bet Live In Play on most major rugby fixtures as the action happens. Sportingbet also offers a range of rugby specials such as next coach odds, top regional team and playoff betting. 


Whoever you support, whether it’s international or club rugby, place your bet with South Africa’s trusted sportsbook.


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