England Fourth Favourites For World Cup
England have been cut from 16/1 to 11/1 fourth favourites by William Hill to win the Rugby World after they saw off Georgia while France struggled to subdue Canada, and Australia crashed to defeat to Ireland. 'Thus far some of the expected big guns other than the All Blacks have failed to fire convincingly giving punters the impression that there is little between them' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
England are 1/7 with William Hill to beat Scotland, offered at 4/1, in their next game, with the draw a 25/1 shot.
TO WIN RUGBY WORLD CUP...1/2 New Zealand; 7/1 Australia; 9/1 S Africa; 11/1 England; 12/1 France; 20/1 Ireland; 28/1 Wales.Others on request.
TO WIN POOL A - 1/12 NZ; 6/1 France; 2500/1 Canada.
TO WIN POOL B - 1/9 England; 8/1 Scotland; 14/1 Argentina.
TO WIN POOL C - 1/25 Ireland; 9/1 Australia; 300/1 Italy
ENGLAND HANDICAP THEIR BACKERS
ENGLAND failed for the second time to overcome the handicap deficit handed to them by the bookies as they defeated Georgia in their second match of the World Cup. 'We are very happy for England to keep winning as long as they don't cover the handicap - as many patriotic punters will rely on them doing so - and their failure to do so against Georgia was a five figure bonus for us' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.