Following the culmination of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, with South Africa winning a record fourth title, we take a look at the Outright odds for the 2027 tournament in Australia.
2027 Rugby World Cup odds:
It's rare for New Zealand to not go into a Rugby World Cup as the pre-tournament favourites, and they once again head the betting ahead of the 2027 showpiece in Australia.
The All Blacks were left gutted after narrowly losing the 2023 final by a single point to South Africa - going down 12-11 in a nail-biting showdown in Paris.
There is no doubt New Zealand will come back strongly again as they seek to level South Africa's new record of four World Cup wins.
Clinching a record fourth Webb Ellis Cup in a dramatic 12-11 victory over New Zealand in the 2023 final at the Stade de France, South Africa will seek a third consecutive World Cup crown in Australia in four years time.
The Springboks' success in 2023 was built on true grit and an unrelenting team spirit, with Rassie Erasmus' side's never say die attitude seeing them narrowly overcome France, England and New Zealand in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final respectively.
This winning mentality has become synonymous with the South African national rugby union team, and it will be expected to be on display once more in Australia in 2027.
France will have been bitterly disappointed to have only reached the quarter-finals stage of the 2023 World Cup on home soil after being edged out 29-28 by eventual winners South Africa.
Les Bleus should be in contention again to get their hands on a first Rugby World Cup title in 2027, with elite level talents such as Antoine Dupont, Thomas Ramos and Damian Penaud at an age to still be competing at the highest level in four years time.
Hotly fancied for the 2023 Rugby World Cup as the number one ranked team in the world, Ireland eventually succumbed to New Zealand 28-24 at the quarter-finals stage.
2023 felt like the Irish's big chance to win their first ever Rugby World Cup title, with inspirational captain Johnny Sexton retiring from the sport following the tournament, but World Rugby coach of the year Andy Farrell should still have enough quality in his ranks come 2027 to launch another challenge for the trophy.
As the hosts of the 2027 Rugby World Cup, Australia will be desperate to make a good impression at the tournament.
The Wallabies endured a Rugby World Cup to forget in France in 2023, exiting in the pool stages, and a marked improvement will be required over the next four years if they are to compete for the Webb Ellis Cup on home soil in 2027.
England did not enter the 2023 Rugby World Cup with great confidence after poor pre-tournament form which included a fourth-placed finish in the Six Nations and a friendly defeat to Fiji, but Steve Borthwick's side were able to exceed expectations at the France showpiece.
Reaching the semi-finals in relatively comfortably, England lost in agonising fashion in the final four - beaten 16-15 by eventual champions South Africa.
Winners of the competition in 2003, England have strong pedigree at the Rugby World Cup and will be hoping to challenge for the trophy again in Australia in 2027.
One of the best-performing underdogs in the 2023 Rugby World Cup - reaching the semi-finals - Argentina will have been delighted with their showing in France.
Los Pumas earned an impressive 29-17 win over Wales at the quarter-finals stage before succumbing to New Zealand in the final four, and this run will have given the South Americans confidence they can go well again at the 2027 tournament in Australia.
After an impressive Six Nations campaign in which they finished in third place behind Grand Slam winners Ireland and France, Scotland were dealt an unforgiving draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France - paired with the Irish and South Africa in Pool B - and Gregor Townsend's charges were duly eliminated from this section.
This strong current crop of Scottish players is ageing, however, with full-back Stuart Hogg retiring prior to the 2023 Rugby World Cup and playmaker Finn Russell set to be almost 35 by the time the Australian tournament comes around, and perhaps the Scots have missed the boat to make a credible attempt to challenge the top nations for the Webb Ellis Cup.
Little was expected of Wales in the 2023 Rugby World Cup following a dismal showing in the Six Nations at the beginning of the year - finishing fifth - and Warren Gatland's side were eliminated by Argentina 29-17 at the quarter-finals stage.
The Welsh will be hoping a fresh generation of elite players emerges in time for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, in order to restore them to a position where they can compete with the behemoths of the game such as the likes of South Africa and New Zealand.
Undoubtedly one of the most watchable teams at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Fiji were able to finish above Australia in Pool C and reach the knockout stages, where they put up a good fight against England in the quarter-finals before going down 30-24.
The Fijians will have been buoyed by their ability to compete with some of the most esteemed rugby nations in France. such as Wales, Australia and England, and will definitely be a team to look out for once again in 2027.
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