NFL Expert Picks - Week 2
The Lions have toured a Southern Hemisphere nation to play a three-match series once roughly every four years since , although success has proved difficult to come by since the turn of the century. A sole victory in the last 15 years came in Australia. That success in came against Australia, coached by Warren Gatland and aided by the trusty boot of Welshman Leigh Halfpenny.
The next Lions Tour will represent the ultimate challenge when they head down south to take on the mightly All Blacks. The Tour will consist of three internationals however prior to these Tests they face the daunting prospect of taking on New Zealand's finest in their Super XV franchises and the Maori All Blacks.
With ten matches on this iconic tour, betting opportunities will be plenty alongside many points that will be expected. Topping the table is no longer a guarantee for championship success, with four teams qualifying for the post-season showdown. The format has helped create welcome unpredictability, with Saracens, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers and Harlequins all winning the Twickenham Grand Final in the last four seasons.
Toulon edged the showdown and continued a proud recent record in European rugby, winning the final two Heineken Cup competitions back-to-back.
Prior to that French success Irish sides had also reigned supreme in Europe, with Leinster and Munster sharing four Heineken Cup wins between them from Helped by a rise in popularity that saw Stade Francais attract 79, fans to their clash with Toulouse in , money has poured into the sport at the top level.
French clubs have enjoyed huge success in Europe as a result of an influx of top players from all over the globe to the Top Formerly known as the Celtic League, the Pro 12 is a premier club competition contested by top teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. Italian teams joined the league for the first time in , although it did little to end the dominance enjoyed by Irish and Welsh sides in the yearly competition. Much like the Aviva Premiership, a play-off system was adopted in to ensure healthy competition right across the league.
The tournament began in and was officially branded the Super 12 consisting of the leading teams from New Zealand and South Africa. An additional two teams joined in which was then expanded to 15 in It is one of the toughest Rugby Union tournaments in the world, mainly due to the quality of the players, the exceptional playing conditions and most importantly the extensive travel that is involved.
Simple match or tournament betting is available on every professional rugby match, although staking on the handicap market has become an increasingly popular alternative in recent years. Predicting the winning margin is another exciting alternative that offers genuine prospects for value, particularly during the Rugby World Cup.
Punters can also back the total points scored during a match , the first team to score and the double result half time and full time winners.
Another very popular Rugby market is 1st try-scorer, offering 30 opportunities for success and the potential to find good value. If you love all things to do with sport then you can not miss this event. The Rugby Union World Cup is a source of great potential profit for any punter. So with our guide in-hand you can be sure that the best Rugby Union World Cup tips and predictions will be here in bettingexpert's tipster community.
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