- After a resounding victory over England by a score of 32-12, South Africa was crowned the winner of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
- The Springboks came into the competition as the second favorite team, behind only New Zealand.
- The following graphs illustrate how changes in the World Cup futures market occurred prior to, and throughout, the competition.
On their way to winning their first Rugby World Cup since 2007, South Africa had to get past New Zealand, who they had lost to in the group stage. They cruised through the knockout stage, claiming victories over Ireland (46-14), Wales (19-16), and England (34-12) on their way to claiming the championship.
From the beginning of July until the championship match on November 2, the following graphs show how the odds for each of the teams in the tournament, including the eventual winners, the Springboks, changed. You can check out the odds to win the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023 by navigating to this page.
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[Oct. 29] Due to England’s remarkable victory over New Zealand in the semifinals, the bookmakers currently have them as heavy favorites to win the match against South Africa (+180).
[Oct. 21] Despite the fact that England appeared to be in good shape prior to their semifinal match against New Zealand, the All Blacks are the favorites to win the tournament at this point, with odds of -130.
[Oct. 16] Both New Zealand and South Africa’s odds have increased prior to the quarterfinals, with New Zealand’s odds going from +120 to +110 and South Africa’s odds going from +400 to +330. This is largely due to the fact that the two teams are on opposite sides of the bracket.
[Oct. 2] After defeating South Africa in the group stage, New Zealand solidified its position as the tournament’s favorite team. Because of this, their odds went from +130 to +120, representing a slight improvement.
[Sep. 18] While South Africa (+400) has taken over second place from England (+420), the All Blacks (+130) continue to maintain their position as the favorite.
[Sep. 4] The futures market continues to have a negative outlook on Ireland. The team’s odds of winning the World Cup for the first time have increased to +820 from a previous low of +560.
[Aug. 22] The rise of South Africa’s position continues (+710 to +480). The gains this time come in part at the expense of the betting favorite, New Zealand, which saw its odds move from +110 to +130.
[Aug. 8] England became longer (+480 to +490), Ireland became longer (+560 to +620), and Wales became longer (+660 to +690), whereas the historically powerful Springboks became shorter (+840 to +710).
[July 4] The odds on New Zealand winning the Rugby World Cup are currently the lowest they’ve ever been. If the All Blacks were to win again in 2019, it would make their winning streak three years in a row.
England vs. South Africa Rugby World Cup 2019 Finals Odds