The 2019 Rugby World Cup will start on September 20th, and play out until November 2nd. New Zealand are defending champions, after winning back-to-back titles and are looking to secure a hat-trick in 2019.
Schedule and dates for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Group stage: Sept 20 – Oct 13
Quarter finals: Oct 19 – Oct 20
Semi final: Oct 26 – Oct 27
Third place: Nov 1
Final: Nov 2
New Zealand are looking to score their third consecutive win, and to secure the hat-trick. The winner odds ahead of the championship strongly suggest that this might be the case. South Africa, England, Ireland and Wales are considered to be the main competition this year – and the player who dares to gamble a bit could get a great reward out of it. This is how the top 10 looks at Unibet:
Odds from Unibet 13/9 2019
Rugby World Cup groups 2019
The Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World Cup is played once every 4th year, and is one of the biggest sport events in the world. The sport might not be very well-known in all countries the same way that for example football is, but it is extremely popular in England, New Zealand, Australia etc.
New Zealand is the most successful team
The first Rugby World Cup was played in 1987. In 2015, New Zealand became the new most succesful team in the championship’s history – as they defended the title and won their third gold medal. There are only four different nations that has won the Rugby World Cup – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England. The winning team is, apart from the title, also awarded with the Webb Ellis Trophy .
Other than the four nations that has claimed a World Cup title, France is the only other team that has reached the final. France has played in the final on three occasions, but are yet to claim a title. Other medalists are Argentina and Wales, with one bronze medal each.
Previous Rugby World Cup winners
1987: New Zealand
1995: South Africa
2007: South Africa
2011: New Zealand
2015: New Zealand
How the Rugby World Cup is played
The play of the Rugby World cup is very familiar to the World Cups of many other sports. The 20 teams are divided into four four groups, A to D, where the top two teams from each group moves on to the play-offs. Starting from the quarter finals, the losing team in the match will be eliminated. The losing teams in the quarter finals will however play each other for the bronze.