Canada Can Claim a Few in Rugby’s World Cup Despite Their Betting Odds
This year the competition will be staged in Japan. It starts on 20 September and runs until 2 November. But team Canada does have a punishing schedule which will see them play four games in just 17 days.
Make no mistake, Canada need to overcome bet365’s odds of +50000 to win this competition, so a series of quick matches would be a bad excuse for a poor run in this competition. But Canada should certainly win one match, could easily win a second and while a third is massively unlikely, the history books show it is not impossible.
Canada’s first match is against Italy on September 26 and the Italian’s, who are +10000 in the outright betting, are realistically beatable against the Canadian squad on paper. Their easiest match is their fourth, it is against Namibia who have never won a match at the World Cup (and they have made five previous appearances).
A leaf from Japan’s play book?
But the big asks are the matches in-between against the competition favourites New Zealand (+137.50) and second favourites, South Africa (+400). For many the aim here would be to keep a losing score-line respectable but the optimists could delve into the record books to find reason for a massive and favourable upset.
In the 1995 Rugby World Cup Japan took an ignominious beating at the hands of New Zealand beaten 145-points-to-17. 12 years later they mustered a last-minute conversion to draw with Canada and avoid coming last in Pool B of the same competition. And eight years after that, at the 2015 Rugby World Cup Japan pulled off one of the greatest sporting shocks ever, overcoming odds of +8000 to beat South Africa 34-32.
Clearly the impossible is possible and while Canada may not go close to winning this competition, under new coach Kingsley Jones, who has nearly twice as many players to choose from than his predecessor, the country could easily be underrated by both rivals and bookmakers odds compilers.
Handicap markets will be available on all matches and wherever the bookmaker’s set their lines on the New Zealand match (October 2) and South Africa game (October 8) there’s every chance they will not account for Canada being an improving side with a strong backline which knows how to finish.