Dominant New Zealand are odds on for the 2016 Rugby Championship

The 2016 Rugby Championship gets underway on Saturday as New Zealand head to Sydney to take on Australia before South Africa come up against Argentina in the opening round of games. Revenge is very much the narrative for the first match as the old foes bid to get one over on each other...

  • New Zealand are on an 11-match winning run in Tests
  • Australia have lost their past 4 Tests in a row

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Tips Straight Forecast: New Zealand-Australia    Best Bet @ 11 / 10  

New Zealand

New Zealand will be looking to make up for missing out on the title last year as Australia won out in a truncated tournament due to the World Cup. The Rugby Championship will return to its normal length of six matches, with each team playing one another home and away, this year and New Zealand's quality should tell.

Steve Hansen's men have already shown the ridiculous strength in depth that they possess as they have coped with the retirements of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter et al. and they are capable of winning this tournament for the ninth time in twelve years (includes Tri Nations titles).

The All Blacks have won 11 Tests in a row since losing in Sydney last year, including their famous World Cup triumph and more recently a 3-0 series win over Wales in June, and they are 1/5 odds on for the title this year (Coral).

Australia

The Australians inflicted the only loss upon New Zealand in the past 20 Tests twelve months ago but the reigning champions have since lost the World Cup final to their old rivals and they have now won just one of their last thirteen clashes with the All Blacks.

Of more concern is Australia's current four-match losing run as they suffered a stunning 3-0 defeat at home to England earlier in the summer and Michael Cheika has work to do, with his side currently 6/1 to retain their title.

South Africa

It is difficult to see Australia keeping hold of their crown but they should have enough to finish second and the New Zealand-Australia straight forecast can be backed at 11/10 (Ladbrokes).

The Aussies have won 10 of their last 12 Tests at home against South Africa, as well as two of their past three meetings overall, and they can get the better of a Boks side that looks to still be in a phase of transition under coach Allister Coetzee.

The Springboks have been so inconsistent of late as they finished bottom of the Rugby Championship last year before recovering from a stunning defeat to Japan to finish third at the World Cup.

It is clear that they are a work in progress and the 2009 Tri Nations winners were perhaps a tad fortunate to beat an injury-ravaged Ireland 2-1 earlier this summer. The South Africans are 7/1 for the Rugby Championship title.

Argentina

Finally, Argentina (80/1 with Coral.co.uk) have come on leaps and bounds since the Tri Nations was expanded to include them in the Rugby Championship in 2012 and the Pumas did of course finish fourth at the 2015 World Cup, albeit they came in behind New Zealand, Australia and South Africa!

It could be a similar story in this tournament as they are yet to really challenge the big boys on a consistent basis but they are more than capable of causing an upset on their day and it would be dangerous to write off Daniel Hourcade's men in any of their matches.

2016 Rugby Championship Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 16th August 2016
Author: Chris Knight

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