Bet on Rugby

There are plenty of opportunities to bet on Rugby matches the whole year round with Rugby League played in 40 nations around the world and Rugby Union in more than 100 countries. The two types of Rugby have different rules making it very interesting for Rugby football fans to watch and bet on each type of game.

The bookmakers that we have partnered with provide superb coverage of Rugby Union as well as Rugby League the whole year round. Choose one or more of the featured bookmakers to register accounts with and bet on pre-match markets as well as Live Betting in play.

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Bet on the biggest Rugby competitions

Rugby League holds two very big Rugby competitions annually, these being the Australasian National Rugby League operated by the NRL in Australia and the European Super League. The top teams of each League come together to play in the World Club Challenge every year.

Rugby Union has several big competitions lined up every year for Rugby fans to enjoy. The Six Nations Championship, the World Cup (held every 4 years), the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12, the Super XV, the European Rugby Champions Cup, European Challenge Cup and The Rugby Championship.


Why Two Types of Rugby Football?

The Rugby Football Union was formed by various clubs in the UK in 1871 to standardize the rules of the sport and at this point the game was exported to Australia and New Zealand with colonial settlers.

Following a dispute with the Rugby Football Union about payment to players in Yorkshire as compensation for missing work, in order to play matches, their colleagues in Lancashire supported the action which led to a split from the original Union forming a separate Northern Rugby Football Union.

The two Unions became known as Rugby League which was for the ‘working class’ and Rugby Union which enforced the amateur status of the players meaning that it was restricted to privileged people who didn’t need to earn money from playing.


Different Rules

Separate rules for gameplay were drawn up although the game continued to be played with an oval shaped ball with goals scored by kicking the ball between the two vertical posts and over the cross bar.

The biggest difference in game rules have to do with ‘possession’ of the ball with Rugby League dropping several possession rules that Rugby Union has retained.

The separation of the Rugby Union into Rugby league and Rugby Union happened in Australia soon after and also in France where the game was and continues to be extremely popular.

Rugby Union has a far greater reach around the world and is immensely popular in South Africa and Argentina. In the UK, Rugby Union is played by around 2 million people but Rugby league has about 100,000 participants. Bet on both games with our recommended bookmakers and enjoy the ‘best of both worlds’.