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Rugby union free bets, betting tips and offers

All the major bookmakers offer rugby union markets, so the sport is a good one to bet on.

Indeed, the Rugby World Cup is one of the biggest betting events of the year, when it takes place, with the eyes of the planet drawn to see who gets to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

Rugby union free bets are available to help you to beat the bookmakers, so read on for the ultimate guide to betting on rugby union.

Rugby union betting update – 2021

All eyes are on the Six Nations at the start of 2021, with the tournament taking place in its usual slot across February and March.

England were narrow winners in 2020 after the restart, France will be eyeing revenge on the English this time around. Don’t discount Ireland either, who look to be the third best team this year but have key games against England and France on home soil, which will certainly help.

Can Wales or Scotland get involved and cause a shock, and will Italy once again receive the wooden spoon as they continue to fall short?

The Six Nations gets underway on February 6, ending with Super Saturday on March 20.

How to get rugby union free bets

Want to bet on matches in the English Premiership, the World Cup or the Six Nations?

Well, making the most of the rugby union free bets that are available should be a top priority, with bookmakers offering a range of appealing promotions to tempt new customers into signing up.

To get rugby union free bets, you will need to join a bookmaker with whom you do not already have an account, then make your first deposit and place a qualifying wager.

Once you have gone through these steps, your chosen bookmaker will automatically credit your account with rugby union free bets, which you can use on whatever match you wish.

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What to think about when betting on rugby union

Team news is a big thing to think about when betting on rugby union, just as it is in other major team sports like football and cricket.

But it is arguably even more of a factor for rugby union, due to the game seeing many more injuries as a result of the increased physical nature of the game. Whichever team is able to name close to their strongest XI, fitness permitting, has a great chance of being able to win a particular game in rugby union.

Weather conditions can play a part too, as some rugby union teams thrive when the game gets wet and muddy and others produce their most effective rugby when the ground is dry.

Compared to other sports, there is not much in the way of data out there to help with rugby union, so it is hard to use statistics to come up with a reason to take a bet on. But head-to-head records for matches are worth checking to see if one team tends to dominate the other.

Domestic competitions for rugby union betting has picked out the UK’s main domestic competitions for rugby union betting:

  • English Premiership – The main league in the UK, traditional powerhouses such as Bath and Leicester face off in this popular competition
  • RFU Championship – The second tier of English rugby is a good place to spot up and coming players who are making their name
  • Premier 15s – Rugby is massively popular in Wales, with Premier 15s the main event here
  • Scottish Premiership – The standard is not great in the Scottish Premiership, but it provides decent entertainment for fans of the sport who live north of the border

International and European competitions for rugby union betting

International competitions get the blood pumping in rugby union, so here are the best of them:

  • Six Nations – Each spring sees home nations England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland take on France and Italy for the title, with the triple crown trophy also up for grabs
  • Rugby World Cup – The pinnacle of the sport, every four years sees the best teams in world rugby fight it out on the pitch for the right to lift the Webb Ellis Cup
  • The Rugby Championship – Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa take part in this annual international rugby union competition
  • World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup – Fiji, Samoa, Tonga are in this annual tournament
  • European Rugby Champions Cup – The successor to the Heineken Cup is where the top club sides on the continent can be found in action
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Rugby union betting markets to watch

Many rugby union games can tend to be one-sided, which brings handicap markets into account. Betting on rugby union handicaps can be a good way to either get more value out of backing the favourites with the bookmakers, or to side with outsiders to make it a tight game.

Total points can be a very fun rugby union betting market to choose, with this option giving fans a run for their money right until the end of the game, regardless of the eventual outcome.

Like in football, betting on the first scorer in the game can be popular, especially if there is a particularly fast winger you have your eye on to have a big impact on the match.

Some teams start or finish strongly, so betting on points scored in a half is a good choice too.

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