Publish: 11.06.2016

England v New Zealand Rugby Union Betting Guide

England go into this Saturday’s game against New Zealand having lost only one game in 2013 and hoping to further their credentials as a real world force in international rugby.

New Zealand have also only lost once this year and that defeat was against Stuart Lancaster’s side. They will be out for revenge in this game and if last week’s victory against France is anything to go by, they will fight to the end to get it.

This is an interesting game and one where both sides have reasons to believe they can win. The odds tell a different story, suggesting that the All Blacks should run out easy winners. They are 1/8 with Bet Fred, while the English can be backed at 7/1 with Stan James. The draw is 33/1 with Boylesports.

England’s long odds might be due to their history against the New Zealanders. The Saxons have won just 7 of their 35 encounters, and going into last year’s Autumn International, England hadn’t beaten the All-Blacks since 2003, a run of 9 consecutive defeats.

Another factor in the betting would be England’s bad luck with injuries in the lead up to this game. They were already missing Mako Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi, but the bad news has continued this week with Alex Corbiesiero, Marland Yarde, Chris Wade and Henry Trinder also ruled out.

Meanwhile New Zealand go into the game at full strength, with second row Luke Romano and winger Julian Savea both fit again. Dan Carter has also hit another great run of form and is likely to start the game on Saturday.

Last time they met England hammered the All-Blacks, showing no signs of fear and running out deserving winners 38-21. Unfortunately for Lancaster’s side, history is unlikely to repeat itself and the All-Blacks will be out for blood as they do not like being embarrassed.

These two teams do not throw up boring games when they play each other. Their previous five encounters have produced an average of 44 points a game and the winning margin in 9 of the last 10 has been 10 points or higher. So I’m going for New Zealand by 11-15 at 9/2 with Boylesports.

Another interesting bet that you may not know about is the video ref market. You can back the first video ref decision to be an awarded try at 4/6 with Bet Victor, while a no try decision is priced at 11/10 with the same bookmaker.