Who Will Win the 2023 Rugby World Cup? Latest Odds Show South Africa Are Favourites Ahead of Semis

Who Will Win the 2023 Rugby World Cup? Latest Odds Show South Africa Are Favourites Ahead of Semis

Joel Reyes
updated at October 16, 2023 at 12:19 PM
  • South Africa have been installed as Rugby World Cup favourites after beating France
  • Bookmakers placed New Zealand as the second-favourite after they defeated Ireland
  • England are third-favourites in RWC despite being the only remaining undefeated team

And then there were four.

The 2023 Rugby World Cup has entered the semi-finals, with South Africa, England, Argentina, and New Zealand the remaining countries still vying for the championship.

Sports Brief looks at their respective odds to win the Webb Ellis Cup before the semis stage takes place.

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Siya Kolisi celebrates South Africa's win over France at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Image: FRANCK FIFE.
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2023 Rugby World Cup Odds Update

South Africa (1.90)

The Springboks’ title defence has not been easy. They lost to Ireland in the pool stage, snapping their eight-match winning streak in the World Cup dating back to 2019.

Because of their runner-up finish in Pool B, South Africa had to face host nation, France in the quarter-finals.

The defending champions silenced the French crowd with a 29-28 victory as they reached the Rugby World Cup semis for the sixth time in their history, per the BBC.

Next up for South Africa is a clash with England. They faced each other in the 2019 final, with the Boks recording a comprehensive 32-12 victory.

Bookmakers fancy South Africa to repeat the feat as champions, with their odds to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup priced at 1.90.

New Zealand (2.10)

The All Blacks are starting to heat up, winning each of their last four matches after dropping their opening game against host nation France.

They recorded emphatic victories against Namibia (71-3), Italy (96-17), and Uruguay (73-0) to finish runner-up in Pool A, before beating Ireland 28-24 in their quarter-final clash last Saturday.

The road to the final got easier for New Zealand after Pool C winners, Wales lost to Argentina in the quarter-finals. The All Blacks have won 33 of their past 36 Test meetings with Los Pumas dating back to October 1985.

They are pegged at 2.10 to win their fourth Rugby World Cup title this year.

England (13.5)

England are the only team that is still undefeated in this year’s World Cup.

They swept Pool D, beating Argentina (27-10), Japan (34-12), Chile (71-0), and Samoa (18-17) to finish top of the group.

The Englishmen then survived a furious fightback from Fiji in the second half to record a 30-24 victory in the quarter-finals.

Things are bound to get tougher for the 2003 champions, with South Africa lying in wait in the semis.

The Boks have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches dating back to 2019. England have lost two of their last three Test matches against South Africa, including the 2019 World Cup final.

They are priced at 13.5 to win their second World Cup crown.

Argentina (50.0)

Argentina have lost just once in this year’s World Cup, with their lone defeat coming against England in their opening pool match.

The Pumas managed to bounce back from that defeat, recording wins over Samoa (19-10), Chile (59-5), and Japan (39-27) to finish runner-up in Pool D.

Not many expected Argentina to reach the semis as they faced undefeated Wales in the quarter-finals.

The South Americans proved the doubters wrong, erasing an early 10-point deficit to beat Wales 29-17 and secure their third World Cup semi-final appearance, per The Guardian.

Among the four semi-finalists, the Pumas are the only team without a World Cup title.

They are pegged at 50.0 to win the Webb Ellis Cup this year (all odds courtesy of 1XBet).

England vs. South Africa Betting Preview

Sports Brief also previewed the upcoming Rugby World Cup match between South Africa and England.

The Springboks kept their title defence alive with a slender win over France in the quarter-finals.

They will next lock horns with England, who recorded a narrow victory over Fiji in their last match.

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Joel Reyes
Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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