Perpetually gaining fame and attention with rugby betting odds is New Zealand. Ranking as the best in their sport they now rival Germany in soccer as a top national team. Famous as they have become the Kiwis of New Zealand are top chalks for the Rugby World Cup Sevens. While New Zealand is a reflex choice the betting public has other good choices available. South Africa, Fiji, and England are all top contenders. In fact, South Africa has the most total points entering this year’s tournament. Favored New Zealand is surprisingly fourth behind Fiji and England.
2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens
Date and Time: July 20 through July 22, 2018
Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
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All Blacks Sevens
Known formally as the All Blacks Sevens New Zealand is the most famous team in Rugby. They have paid with the rugby betting odds in 12 of the 15 IRB Sevens World Series events. Since the series started in 2000 they have lost only five times. Out of a total of 122 tournaments New Zealand has scored 47 wins. Captain Scott Curry has played with the Kiwis since 2010 in the Dubai Sevens. Curry was named captain in 2015. Tim Mikkelson has the most career points (959) on the current New Zealand roster.
South Africa may bring the most sportsbook value of any team on the board. Known as the Blitzboks they were the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series Champions. Additionally, South Africa won Bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics. 2014 saw a Gold Medal for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games. Most relevant is a strong record of success in Sevens World Series tournaments. Since 2016 the Blitzboks have six tourney wins. Head coach Neil Powell took over the program in 2013. In short order he became celebrated as one of Rugby’s top coaches.
Fiji has become one of the top teams in the world. Opposite New Zealand in notoriety they will bring substantially better wagering value. Tops on the Fiji resume is a 2016 Gold Medal in the Olympic Games. Most impressive is that Gold Medal was the first in Rugby Seven history at the Olympics. Also noteworthy is their two World Series wins in 2015 and 2016. Gareth Baber took over as head coach of Fiji in 2016 and has maintained previous excellence. Jerry Tuwai is team captain and highly respected. Most of all he was the star in Fiji’s 35-19 win over New Zealand in 2015.
England may be known best for soccer but Rugby is perhaps their greater athletic strength. Experience is a huge asset for the Brits. Passionate fans don’t hurt the cause either. Coming off a runner-up finish in 2016-17 England has emerged as a threat. Head coach Simon Armor was named head coach in 2013. Previously Armor played for his country in 2001-06.
Matchup to Watch
Any matchup conversation with the rugby betting odds begins with New Zealand. Catching up with the Kiwis is the rest of the world. Parity is emerging in an exciting new competitive era. Assessing value is paramount over public perception. Finding the commodity that combines price and ability is key. Fitting that bill best is Fiji.
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Fiji makes for a highly capable dog with bite. In conclusion Fiji brings the best value in the tournament.
2018 Rugby World Cup Betting Online Pick: Fiji
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