The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off next September in Japan and online sportsbooks have updated their odds for who the outright Sportsbook will be for each of the pools. To nobody’s surprise, New Zealand is the massive -900 favorite to win Pool B.
Sportsbook has New Zealand Sportsbook at -900 to take Pool B followed by South Africa at +550, Italy at +20000 and Any Other at +50000.
No Surprise that New Zealand has top Odds
Another World Cup and another favored All Blacks team. Not only does New Zealand have the best odds of any pool to be the outright Sportsbook at -900, but it also had the best odds at +110 to win the World Cup itself. In the history of the World Cup, the All Blacks have never lost a pool stage match and have only lost six times in 50 games. Additionally, they are the only nation to win back-to-back World Cups and the only nation to win three World Cups overall.
Since winning the 2015 World Cup, New Zealand has been nearly unbeatable, posting a record of 27-3-1. Additionally, New Zealand is undefeated against fellow pool mates South Africa (4-0) and Italy (1-0). The All Blacks’ only losses came against Australia, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions.
There’s not much value for this pool. New Zealand is a powerhouse and it should be much of the same in this upcoming World Cup. South Africa is the only nation that poses a threat to New Zealand and even a victory there would mean the stars have aligned.
Upcoming Rugby Championship will show a lot of what South Africa has
The Springboks get two looks at the All Blacks in the next few weeks and it is expected that South Africa has made a jump forward from its last two struggling seasons. Those two tests with New Zealand will really be a litmus test for South Africa on how it has progressed. The Springboks have made it to at least the quarterfinal in each of their six World Cup appearances and has won two Webb Ellis Cups overall.
Since the last World Cup, South Africa hasn’t been very good at all, holding a 13-15-2 record, but did have a close 25-24 loss to New Zealand in the 2017 Rugby Championship. Additionally, South Africa went 2-2 against No. 2-ranked Ireland during that span. Fellow pool nation Italy split its two games with South Africa, as each side earned a home victory.
The Springboks possess one of the best players in the world in Malcolm Marx. The 24-year-old hooker continues to impress and had a remarkable match against New Zealand in the aforementioned close game in the 2017 Rugby Championship. The Springboks haven’t beat the All Blacks since 2014 but for the first time in a while, South Africa has a team that can put pressure on New Zealand and perhaps in 2019 it can earn that win and take the pool.
Here’s a look at the odds to win Pool B in the 2019 Rugby World Cup:
Odds at Sportsbook as of August 15