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Argentina best hope to be first-time Rugby World Cup winners

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Pumas have caused previous Rugby World Cup upsets and done well in Pool C, so 40/1 with Ladbrokes outright and 7/1 with bet365 to reach final worth a look.

The Rugby World Cup has been a fantastic feast of the 15-man game so far, and it is only set to get better. It’s been a tournament for shocks and statements; Japan winning twice, Namibia gaining their first-ever point and England’s challenge unthinkably falling at the first hurdle. So why should all that stop as we get into the business end of the tournament?

Everyone knows New Zealand are the heavy favourites to retain their crown at best odds of 13/10 with Boylesports, and rightly so. They are the best team on the planet. However, funny things happen in tournament rugby and this competition could throw up yet more shocks. Those looking for that value punt should look down the betting instead of to the top of the market.

Argentina are almost the forgotten side in this international showpiece, but they have quietly gone about their business in a professional and impressive manner, and that makes a top price of 7/1 with bet365 for them to reach Rugby World Cup final very tempting indeed.

In games against Tonga and Georgia they have not faltered at all, running in 99 points across those two matches, displaying some exciting attacking flair and sending a warning to the perceived bigger nations that they can challenge for the trophy.

Their showing against the All Blacks may have been their most encouraging yet, however, despite the defeat. The Pumas led as late as the 58th minute, before the world champions just pulled away for a narrow 10-point victory in the latter stages.

That was the closest that they have come to defeating New Zealand in nearly 10 years and they showed that they will be a match for anyone. Just two tournaments ago, Argentina went about winning the bronze medal and there is no reason they won’t have a major say in the outcome of this year’s tournament. Ladbrokes offer best odds of 40/1 for the Pumas to be Rugby World Cup winners.

France, meanwhile, are another side who look a bit long at 14/1 with Betfair. They are an unpredictable outfit, but they have been to three finals in the past and are a team that turn it on when it matters..

Pool D partners Ireland are also hefty at 9/1 with William Hill. They are Europe’s top ranked side and the Six Nations holders. Whoever tops the group will avoid New Zealand and that could be pivotal, so taking a shot at one of these two while their price is still tempting looks wise advice.

BETTING TIP: Argentina reach Rugby World Cup final @ 7/1 with bet365.

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