Rugby football, which is also called Rugby, was created in England in the 19th century. Players in the game pass an oval ball backwards to other team mates to gain ground on the opposing team. The aim of the game is to bring the ball safely to the other side of the field and gain a score. Obviously, the team with the highest score wins.

Major bet types

Rugby is a very popular game where many sports books and bookies carry odds on some of the older games. Different types of wagers are involved while betting on rugby matches ranging from simple point spreads to the difficult and harder to win wagers. Here are the major types of bets placed on rugby matches with examples for placing and winning each type of rugby wager.

  • The supremacy bet is placed based on how many points a team will beat another team by. If it is set at 6, it means team A has to beat team B by 6 points to win.
  • The future bet is a bet predicting the winner of a tournament or series. So if team A has three to one odds of winning the best of 7 series against team B, and team A wins, betters get $3 for each dollar bet.
  • The outright winner is a wager on who wins the game. Teams usually have odds next to them describing the winning payout. The underdog is usually the team with the highest odds, and pays out the highest.
  • The first try scorer is a fun and high paying bet many bettors like using. Its likelihood is low as odds are good and it’s a bet on the team scoring the first point. It is fun pairing this bet with the outright winner bet as it keeps the game exciting throughout the match.
  • The total points betting is bet placed on how many points a certain match attains. Bets are placed over or under the amount for the win, and the bet is also called an over/under.

Major rugby events

As rugby is played in many countries, there are many betting options on various games. These are the top 6 events across the world, which includes popular rugby tournaments and special events and leagues played in designated countries: Rugby World Cup, Challenge Cup, Super Rugby, Heineken Cup, Six Nations and the Guinness Premiership.


Rugby was started as a game of football played mainly in public schools in the 19th century. It started as a game where players could only pass the ball to teammates and not run with it. Sometimes, no fixed limits were set to the number of players on the field at a given time. It was in 1870 that the Rugby Boys School created the first set of rules which permitted running with the ball.

Today, rugby is played across the world and is especially popular in the commonwealth countries. The possibility of including rugby in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 gives a huge bump to the sport.

Most of the online sports books carry most of the large rugby matches, with some great odds. This rising popularity of the game has made it one of the most popular games in the world.