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Rugby World Cup Outright Odds: South Africa and Ireland are joint-favourites to lift the trophy

We take a look at the 2023 World Cup outright odds to see how the nations are shaping up during the showpiece tournament on French soil.

2023 World Cup Outright odds

To Win Outright

South Africa

Current Outright odds - 3/1

The rugby world was made to sit up with the recent Springbok victory over the All Blacks earlier this year.

South Africa then started the tournament strongly with two consecutive victories over Scotland and Romania respectively, the latter a thumping 76-0 win that displayed their strength for all to see.

However, a 13-8 defeat to Ireland in a high-quality contest on Saturday night shows that the Springboks won't have it all their own way as they attempt to defend their title.

The Springboks bounced back from their battle with the Irish to dispatch Tonga in a strong 49-18 performance to get their bid to retain the Webb Ellis Cup back on track.


Current Outright odds - 3/1

With just the three warm-up games for Ireland ahead of the World Cup, it was difficult to really know where Andy Farrell's side were at heading into this competition.

An impressive 29-10 victory over England was a standout display but it was difficult to know what we had really learnt from Ireland’s regulation wins over Italy and Samoa.

That all changed at the Stade de France as Ireland produced an heroic performance to beat holders South Africa.

It was a statement win for Ireland and should stand them in good stead as they aim to make history in France.


Current Outright odds - 7/2

France have been second favourites to win the World Cup since producing a rousing display in front of their home fans to beat New Zealand 27-13.

They have already shown that they can adapt to life without Romain Ntamack, who will miss the tournament through injury.

The three-time runners-up disposed of Uruguay before thrashing Namibia 96-0 last time out and seem to be gathering momentum throughout the tournament.

New Zealand

Current Outright odds - 7/2

New Zealand bounced back from their 27-13 defeat to hosts France in their opening game of the tournament.

The All Blacks ran in 11 tries in a comprehensive bonus point 71-3 victory over Namibia in Toulouse and scored an incredible 96 points against Italy last time out.

After entering the tournament as favourites, New Zealand have slipped behind reigning champions South Africa, much-fancied Ireland and hosts France in the betting.


Current Outright odds - 11/1

England were in disarray ahead of this World Cup after a shock 30-22 defeat at the hands of Fiji at Twickenham.

A first loss to a Pacific Island nation stunned the home crowd at Rugby HQ, while Fiji deservedly enjoyed their greatest day.

Head coach Steve Borthwick had not had the instant impact he would have hoped for after Jones’ departure late last year, but England did answer some big questions in their opening 27-10 victory against Argentina.

Despite being reduced to 14 men after just three minutes following the sending off of Tom Curry, England produced a resilient display to pull off a magnificent victory.

George Ford stepped up to the plate in some style - kicking all 27 points to help his side defy the odds on a dramatic evening in Marseille.

England followed up the win with a battling display over a strong Japanese side, running out 34-12 winners to further ease fears of an early exit in France.

A comfortable 71-0 victory over Chile means Borthwick's side have secured their place in the quarter-finals.


Current Outright odds - 22/1

Wales became the first team to reach the 2023 World Cup quarter-finals as they celebrated a record win over Australia in an ultimately group deciding game in Lyon, subduing Australia to group stage exit for the first time in their history, unless an unlikely swing of results go their way in the final round.

Warren Gatland's side produced a superb performance and will be desperate to continue improving and make history in France. Wales will be looking to maximise on their strong turn of form in the quarter-finals, likely against Argentina or Japan in which most would place Wales as favourites in both ties.

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