The 2011 Rugby World Cup will take place in New Zealand on the 9th of September and will see the top rugby nations in the world compete for this prestigious prize! The question everyone is asking at the moment is who will win the Rugby World Cup?
Hosts New Zealand face the tournament as short favorites with most betting companies seeming giving them a huge bonus due to home advantage. I'm not so sure if it's going to be that clean cut, as with most rugby World Cups, the Kiwis usually begin the tournament as favorites and end up as near men.
Reigning champions South Africa have been enduring a bad spell of form in the build-up to the World Cup and things do not seem to be getting any better for the Springboks, having failed to impress in their Tri-Nations games against Australia and New Zealand.
Australia were the winners of that pre-World Cup test and Rocky Elsom's men will be hiring that they can steal this trophy from right under the nose of their arch-rivals New Zealand. The Aussies have competed in all six Rugby World Cups and have won the tournament on two occasions. However, the men from down under have not been without their hiccups on their road to the tournament, after suffering a humiliating 32-23 defeat to minnows Samoa recently. They will need much more consistency than that, if they are to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy this year.
The European countries taking part in the tournament will hope to break the grasp of dominance held by the southern hemisphere. Ireland and England have especially shown that they could knock these kingpins of their perch. Irish sides have been a dominant force in European club rugby over the past 8 years with Munster and Leinster showing the world that a title is well within their ability. England, have also flexed their rugby union muscles this year, having picked up the Six Nations title in 2011 with some epic performances on the journey to glory.
So who will win the 2011 Rugby World Cup? It sees that the Southern Hemisphere sides such as New Zealand, South Africa and Australia all have the best chance of winning the tournament with the Rugby World Cup odds market placing those three at the top of the pecking order.
Home advantage and depth / quality of the New Zealand squad suggests that it should be the Kiwis title but Ireland could have the dark horses for the title come the end of October.