New Zealand's Savea is favourite in top try-scorer market, but others including fellow All Black Sonny Bill Williams and Ireland's Earls in with a shout.
It is no surprise to see the man at the top of the Rugby World Cup 2015 top try-scorer market is Julian Savea. The All Black has been compared to Jonah Lomu throughout his career and he is only seven tries away from equalling his rival, after running in 30 scores in just 35 caps for his country.
The 25-year-old New Zealand winger is the 6/1 favourite with Sky Bet to top the try standings in England, but here we look to five of the less-fancied men who may be worth investing in ahead of this year’s tournament.
The South Africa whizz-kid is being tipped for big things in the future and, at 21, already looks the real deal. Kriel dazzled with the Springbok Under-20s, scoring seven tries in just nine appearances and already has two scores in his four outings for the senior side. His versatility allows him to operate in multiple positions, and South Africa’s pool looks like easy pickings.
BETTING TIP: J Kriel is top try-scorer @ 33/1 with Betfair.
Again, adaptability comes into play here. The Aussies scored five tries in New Zealand back in 2001, making him one of the tournament’s five most profitable players. Ncknamed ‘Mister Fix It’, thanks to his knack of making a difference and being able to fill in in most roles in the backs, Ashley-Cooper could pay off for punters.
BETTING TIP: A Ashley-Cooper is top try-scorer @ 40/1 with Boylesports.
Sonny Bill Williams
Make no mistake, the All Blacks are going to score a serious amount of tries at this World Cup. Sonny Bill has eight international tries to his name already, and will have some huge opportunities to add to that tally in England. Whether he will be the starting centre is debateable, but if he can run in some tries early on, then he could make a mockery of his price.
BETTING TIP: S Bill Williams is top try-scorer @ 66/1 with Sky Bet.
The Irish are the highest ranked European outfit in this tournament, and Earls made the places in the betting stakes at the last World Cup. He also has the flexibility to operate in numerous roles and will be key to Joe Schmidt keeping his players fresh in the early stages.
BETTING TIP: K Earls is top try-scorer @ 80/1 with Paddy Power.
Fiji winger Nadolo is much more than just a try-scorer, he’s also pretty handy with his boot as well. Kicking duties are firmly on his agenda for the Pacific Islanders, for whom he has scored a massive 159 points in just 20 caps.
That haul includes 15 tries and, while Fiji may have been handed the pool of death, the 27-year-old still has the ability to run in scores against the world’s best. Nadolo could have a field day against Uruguay, and 888Sport’s top price is terrific.
BETTING TIP: N Nadolo is top try-scorer @ 150/1 with 888Sport.