Rugby World Cup 2019 Tips - Predictions for RWC 2019

James Wells 27 Aug 2019
  • The best bets to be backing at RWC 2019

New ground will be broken when Japan stages the 2019 Rugby World Cup with New Zealand's All Blacks bidding to retain the trophy.

The All Blacks are clear favourites, but there will be a threat coming from the likes of South Africa, Wales, England and Ireland and eternal hope from Australia - all of which make it an intriguing tournament.

We're steering clear of the Rugby World Cup winner market and instead unearthing value bets in some of the other Rugby World Cup markets available.

Name The Finalists: New Zealand and South Africa

To get it out of the way nice and early, my tip is that the All Blacks get the chocolates once more. But at $2.20 for the outright win, and as the obvious pick, the allure may not be there. For those wanting something more, I see South Africa as the closest threat to the All Blacks campaign. With the two heavyweights in the same pool, both will advance, but cast to separate sides of the bracket setting up a juicy rematch in the final if each team can play their part. The Springboks are a resurgent team and under coach Rassie Erasmus they have proven their worth against the toughest competition, including a win and draw in their last two trips on New Zealand soil. Handre Pollard has blossomed into one of the world's finest players and will be a candidate for player of the tournament. As mentioned, I tip the All Blacks to win it all, but for the Springboks to find their way to the final.

Top Tournament Try Scorer - Sevu Reece / George Bridge

The shock axing of Rieko Ioane paved the way for Reece to showcase his wares on the international stage in the second Bledisloe Cup clash, and that is exactly what he did. Super Rugby fans are already well aware of Reece's attacking exploits, but globally many may not have seen the All Blacks latest Fijian flyer in action. If he can secure a spot on the All Blacks wing, we know he's going to be seeing plenty of opportunities. The classic Fijian speed, fleet of foot, strong and a knack for evading defenders, Reece was the top try scorer in Super Rugby this year running in 15 tries in a tournament where only three players scored more than 10. The All Blacks have a habit of unleashing fresh wingers at the World Cup and Reece looks next in line.

Reece's Crusaders and All Blacks teammate George Bridge looms as a smokey. The All Blacks wing scenario looks clouded right now. With Ioane and Ben Smith both dropped, Bridge also took advantage of his opportunities with a fantastic outing against Australia. If Bridge finds himself as part of the first XV, he becomes a dangerous candidate to top the try scoring tally. England are trotting out a Fijian flyer of their own in Joe Cokanasiga, while a competitive campaign for Ireland should see Jacob Stockdale be a threat as well.

Top Tournament Points Scorer - Richie Mo'unga / Christian Lealiifano

The All Blacks are favourites with the bookies, they're expected to be in this tournament for the duration, and with their penchant for attack, we know they are going to rack up points along the way. Steve Hansen appears to have landed on the Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett combination at 10 and 15, and with Mo'unga the preferred kicker, he looks inline to be the one converting the numerous tries that the All Blacks will be running in. The All Blacks had already been experimenting with the twin playmaker approach with Barrett and Damian McKenzie prior to McKenzie's being ruled out of the tournament, and this appears to be the next evolution of that. It also looks possible that Josh Ioane may miss out, leaving the All Blacks with just these two options, eliminating the risk of some points being poached in the pool games through rotation. Mo'unga is a fine player with the ball in hand as well, his glittering footwork and speed on display in the All Blacks latest win, so it will come as no surprise to see him cross over the line himself during their campaign to pump up his total. 

Other intriguing options include Handre Pollard, while those looking for a big pay out could do well to look at Christian Lealiifano kicking for an Australian team that has a lot of potential on attack if they can put the pieces together consistently. 

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