Rugby World Cup - England's Progress - Week 1

On Sat 9th September England began their Rugby World Cup campaign against the other Pool D heavyweights Argentina. It was viewed as a must win game by many not just for the three points but to relieve some pressure from beleaguered coach Steve Borthwick who has had a slow start to his managerial stint to say the least. This game would set the tone of the English press, not to mention the spirits of the fans at the games.

The Red and Whites did not let him down, despite being a man short for the majority of the game, they ran out 27 - 10 winners. George Ford can take a bow, kicking over penalties, and drop goals for every single one of those points.

After the first games the group standings are:

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostBonus PtPoints



Prior to the opening games both England and Argentina were around evens to top the group. After the first weeks games Japan and England both winning has led to England taking firm favouritism and the odds now look like this:

Odds to win Pool D (After week 1):

TeamOddsBetting SiteRugby BonusesWelcome Free Bets
Japan66external linkExternal links are prohibitedNoexternal linkExternal links are prohibited
England1.1external linkExternal links are prohibitedFTS Double Delightexternal linkExternal links are prohibited
Samoa40external linkExternal links are prohibitedNoexternal linkExternal links are prohibited
Argentina8external linkExternal links are prohibitedFree betsexternal linkExternal links are prohibited
Chile5000external linkExternal links are prohibitedNoexternal linkExternal links are prohibited

The next match for England is vs Japan who also won their opening game. England are heavy favourites here with most bookmakers pricing them up at 3/50 to take the victory. Japan are not to be written off though and at 18/1 could be considered value. They were bigger underdogs in 2015 when they famously defeated South Africa in what was called “the biggest ever upset in rugby”.

If the odds on England are too low for you to back them you can also ou could consider the handicap market where England -21.5 points is available at 9/10 . There is also the first try scorer market where England are 29/100 or the first try scorer markets whereexternal linkExternal links are prohibited have their Double Delight offer.