The ninth edition of the women’s rugby world cup takes place in New Zealand in October and November, and here we have all the information you need about the competition, along with some free Rugby betting picks.
The official title of the competition is Rugby World Cup 2021. The competition was originally due to be played last year, but due to the global pandemic was delayed by 12 months.
Rugby World Cup 2021 is the ninth women’s world cup to be held, with the first having taken place in Wales in 1991. The competition starts on Saturday, October 8th, and finishes on Saturday, November 12th.
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Which nations are competing at the 2021 Rugby World Cup?
There are a total of 12 nations competing for the women’s world cup. The nations are split into three groups of four. All teams in each group play each other in round-robin, meaning there are a total of six games per pool.
The 12 nations are:-
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Eight sides qualify from the three pools. The top two from all three groups automatically progress to the next round, along with the two best third placed teams.
At the end of the pool stage, the tournament goes into straight knock out matches for the remainder of the competition, starting at the quarter-final stage.
This quarter-finals stage of the competition takes place on October 29th and 30th. The semi-finals are on November 5th, with the bronze medal match and final both taking place on November 12th at Eden Park.
What are the 2021 Rugby World Cup host cities?
There are two cities hosting the competition, they are Auckland and Whangarei. In total there are three venues, two in Auckland and one in Whangarei.
In Auckland the legendary Eden Park (60,000 capacity) and Waitakere Stadium (4,900) are to be used. While in Whangarei, the Semenoff Stadium (30,000) is the venue.
Who are the favorites to win the 2021 Rugby World Cup?
England are the favorites to win the 2021 women’s rugby world cup. Simon Middleton’s England team are just -175 to win the competition. Next in the betting is New Zealand at +200.
The sportsbooks seem to have it down as a two horse race between the Red Roses and the Black Ferns. After those two nations there is a huge gap in the odds to France (+1000), Canada (+2000), and the USA (+4000).
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Why are England such short odds to win the 2021 women’s world cup?
Quite simply England is on fire. Simon Middleton’s Red Roses have won their last 25 matches in a row, setting a record in becoming the first team to win 25 test matches in a row.
England got to the 25 match mark by beating Wales 73-7 in Bristol last week.
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Can anybody stop England?
As we’ve already said, England are on a record run of 25 test match wins. The last time they lost was in 2019, over three years ago.
They are odds on favorites (-175) with all the best rugby betting sites to win the world cup, and it just looks impossible to stop them winning if they take this form into the competition with them. It looks like the only thing that can possibly stop them is the pressure of winning a world cup.
But wait a minute, what was that last loss? Well, interestingly it was to New Zealand,in San Diego at the 2019 Super Series played in the USA. So with England likely to have to play New Zealand to win the world cup for a third time, might New Zealand take heart from the previous win? Well, they are going to have to, it would seem.
In the subsequent matches between the two nations, all in England admittedly, England have been dominant. The sides met twice in 2021, with England running out 56-15 and 51-12 winners.
Could France be the dark horses?
Interestingly, the biggest threat to England over the last 12 months seems to have been the French. They have pushed England close with matches finishing 10-6 and 17-15 to England in 2021. Having said that, in their Six Nations meeting in France, in April this year, England had more success, winning 24-12.
But when you see England beating the likes of the USA 89-0, and Ireland 69-0, the French only losing 24-12 looks like a good result.
So there you have it, so now what about our 2021 Rugby World Cup betting picks ? Well, it has to be England doesn’t it? You can’t ignore a 25 match winning run, and although it will come to an end some day, it would be foolish to bet against the Red Roses.
Of the other nations, New Zealand has home advantage, while the French seem to be the team best equipped to give England a run for their money. With New Zealand at +200, I feel my second betting pick has to be France to win the women’s world cup at +1000. At far better odds, a bet on France just makes more sense.