Bookmakers have priced up where England will finish up in the Rugby League World Cup, which gets underway a week tomorrow, and a semi-final elimination is clear favourite at 6/5.
The wall of white have lost out to New Zealand at the last three stagings of the tournament, most notably with a heartbreaking last minute Shaun Johnson try at Wembley four years ago, and bookies predict that’s where they’ll go out this time.
It’s 7/5 that England end up as beaten finalists and dreamers can get 8/1 that they lift the trophy in Brisbane on December 2nd.
Anyone not impressed by Wayne Bennett’s squad and thinks the tournament could be a disaster can get 10/1 that they lose at the quarter-final stage and 100/1 that they fail to make it out of the group.
It is worth noting that three of the four teams in Group A will qualify for the last eight. Current world champions and hosts Australia head the Group A betting at 1/6 with England 5/1 and France and Lebanon 100/1 rags.
The Green n and Gold are clear tournament favourites at 1/4 with England and New Zealand at around 8/1, though 10’s is available if you shop around for the Kiwis.
The Kiwis famously beat Australia in the final the last time the tournament was staged Down Under in 2008. Dark horses Tonga are still all the rage, at around 20/1 to be crowned World Champions.
We’ll have full betting previews for the World Cup next week.
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