Georgia? Georgia? Yes, those guys who were locked in war wit the Russians for
years showed the same kind of determination to push England hard. Martin
Johnson should be concerned about the inability of his charges to put together a
convincing effort and beat a
team with barely any top flight professionals in their ranks.
Were England too cocky, thinking that they simply needed to turn up for the
The Bookies for the most part have not taken much notice of England apparent
lack of form with
William Hill cutting their
outright odds from 16/1 to 11/1.
It is however worth remembering that in 2007 England were at times
hapless and still made the final, so there is some logic in backing them to beat
all their Northern Hemisphere opponents on their way to the final (assuming of
course that England doesn't end up on the other side of the draw or that one of
the South Hemisphere teams somehow end up on England's side. Both these are
Meanwhile South Africa has started to look threatening. Admittedly their last
two games were only against Fiji and Namibia but these weren't victories but
rather annihilation of the opposition. The bookies by and large have kept their
odds at 9/1.
This weekend, England are 1/7 at
William Hill to beat Scotland
(4/1). The odds of an England win are only that short only really because the
Scots have been terrible.
Odds to win Rugby World Cup at William Hill:
- 1/2 New Zealand
- 7/1 Australia
- 9/1 S Africa
- 11/1 England
- 12/1 France
- 20/1 Ireland
- 28/1 Wales
England have not covered the handicap in one of their games, so the bookies
should love them at the moment.
We're not convinced by England one little bit. Too much off-field nonsense
and too little structure on the field where it matters. Money on England to win
the Cup is just not money well spent right now.
Posted by Ryan D Jaeger at 05:04 on 23 September 2011
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