Rugby union is a popular betting sport for smart punters especially in its heartlands of Great Britain and mainland Europe. The sport is popular in both hemispheres and is the national sport of New Zealand where it is the most popular winter sport for spectating. This is an emerging betting sport for online bookmakers that serve the Asian markets.
The game is played between sides of 15 players with regular exchanges allowed. The side in possession of the ball has an unlimited number of plays in which to score a try, force a drop out or lose possession. This means the game flows less than the league equivalent and is a much worse spectacle.
The two most lucrative and watched leagues in the Europe are the Aviva Premiership in England and Top 14 in France. There are strong domestic leagues in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The Heineken Cup is rugby’s equivalent of the Champions League in soccer and brings together the best club sides in Europe.
The most popular international competition is the Six Nations in Europe which involves fixtures between the...
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