International Rugby League 2019

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Rugby League World Cup 9s Preview

The Analysts, on the back of an NRL season that returned 8.07% POT, have shared their Rugby League World Cup 9s preview.

With a breakdown of each pool and recommended outright bets, The Analysts’ insight is all you need going into the tournament.

Pool A

The qualifying situation for Pool A is fairly cut and dry with powerhouses Australia and New Zealand set to advance with Papua New Guinea and the USA well outclassed.

New Zealand are a huge chance of upsetting Australia. The Kangaroos have gone for a fairly specialised team but have sacrificed a significant amount of class in the process. New Zealand, by contrast, have a team full of internationals led by Shaun Johnson. The Kumuls will be disappointed with the draw as they are well suited to Nines with the likes of Rhyse Martin, Watson Boas and Garry Lo but will thrash the United States (whose only player of note is Ronaldo Mulitalo) and get well beaten by Australia and New Zealand.

Pool Qualifiers: New Zealand, Australia

Betting Strategy

 BACK – New Zealand to Win Pool A at $3.50

 BACK – New Zealand to Win RLWC 9s at $4.50

Pool B

Pool B is a one-horse race with England sure to qualify on the strength of a squad that features James Graham, Elliot Whitehead, Gareth Widdop and Sam Tomkins. France are definitely the pick of the contenders with Les Chanticleers featuring five Super League players led by Jason Batieri. They are absolute value in their opening clash with Lebanon. The Cedars have been severely undermined by factional politics and look to have the weakest squad. Wales has a team predominantly from the Championship but look to be underestimated by the market, particularly in relation to Lebanon.

Pool Qualifiers: England

Pool C

Unquestionably the most exciting pool with the Cook Islands the only team that cannot win the group. Fiji are the barest of favourites and on top-end talent they look the most dangerous with Maika Sivo, Kevin Naiqama, Suliuasi Vunivalu and Villiame Kikau but they lack depth and genuine halves are so important in Nines Rugby League.

Tonga were the team to rise at the last World Cup and are put together a little like Fiji with the likes of Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita mixing with a lot of fringe first graders. The politics that has torn that Rugby League country apart will do no favours. Samoa actually shape as the top contenders for the pool. They have depth across the paddock with only two players in the squad without NRL experience. Jarome Luai is the perfect Nines player and he has a ton of tackle busting backs to feed.

Pool Qualifiers: Samoa

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Samoa to Win Pool C at $2.90

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