The 2021 Rugby League World Cup takes place in England and online bookmaker PlayUp are offering early odds on the competition to its customers.
Rugby League 2021 World Cup Odds
Australia has been the undisputed powerhouse when it comes to International Rugby League, winning the World Cup on 11 occasions, along with finishing runner-up three times.
Great Britain are the next best with three triumphs, although their last victory came all the way back in 1972.
Since Great Britain disbanded in 2007 to separate teams of England, Wales and Scotland at Test level, it’s been England who have been the most successful, making the final three times – including the last World Cup in 2017 – and reaching the semi-finals on three occasions.
New Zealand are always one of the more dangerous teams, but they have only managed to put their immense talent together once, prevailing at the 2008 World Cup. The Kiwis have also advanced to the final three times, with their last appearance coming in 2013.
The only other nation to have made the final outside of the aforementioned four is France, but they aren’t much of a threat these days, with their last visit to the showpiece event coming way back in 1968.
There’s no doubt Australia are the overwhelming favourites to win the Rugby League 2021 World Cup and you can back the Kangaroos at odds of $1.28 with PlayUp.
However, England have been gradually improving each World Cup and only went down by a narrow 6-0 scoreline in the 2017 final. With home ground advantage and fearsome forward pack, the Poms will fancy their chances of emerging triumphant.
England are a tempting $8.50 to win the 2021 World Cup, while New Zealand – who were stunned in the quarter-finals in 2017 – are $7.00.
Emerging Rugby League nations such as Tonga and Fiji also can’t be discounted. Tonga was the story of the 2017 World Cup after they made the semi-finals for the first time and only went down 20-18 to England in the dying stages.
Fiji meanwhile knocked out New Zealand in the quarter-finals 4-2 before suffering a 54-6 beatdown at the hands of eventual champions Australia.
Tonga is $13 to win their first World Cup, while Fiji are $34 outsiders. Samoa ($51) and Papua New Guinea ($81) are the next best outsiders.
Check out the Rugby League World Cup 2021 odds below
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?? Australia – $1.28
?? New Zealand – $7.00
??????? England – $8.50
?? Tonga – $13
?? Fiji – $34
?? Samoa – $51
?? Papua New Guinea – $81
?? France – $251
?? Ireland – $251
?? Italy – $251
?? Lebanon – $251
??????? Scotland – $251
??????? Wales – $251
?? Cook Islands – $501
?? Greece – $501
?? Jamaica – $501