International Rugby Union 2018

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Italy v New Zealand, Sunday 25th November 1.00am AEDT Stadio Olimpico

Italy could not have got New Zealand on a worse week with the All Blacks in a major smash spot here following their shock loss to Ireland. The Italian team got New Zealand in exactly the same situation last year – after a shock loss to Ireland – and were smashed by 58 points. In their last six following a loss, the All Blacks have won by an average of 24.7 points. Since the last World Cup, the All Blacks have won by an average of 31.6 points when tackling a team not in the Top 8 of the world rankings.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – New Zealand -32.5

Scotland v Argentina, Sunday 25th November 1.30am AEDT BT Murrayfield

Argentina have lost five straight Northern Hemisphere Tests by nine points or more and look set for another double-digit loss against this tough Scotland outfit. The Pumas have gone down to Ireland by 11 and France by 15 on this tour. Argentina have won just 3 of their last 20 away Tests with two of those wins coming against Japan and Italy. Scotland have won 9 of 11 at Murrayfield.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Scotland -6.5

England v Australia, Sunday 25th November 2.00am AEDT Twickenham

England have won five straight and nine of 11 against Australia and look primed for another big win over the struggling Wallabies. Australia have played at Twickenham the last two years and were soundly beaten by margins of 16 and 24. This England team may not be as strong as the last two years but the Wallabies side is arguably as bad. England have won 17 of 18 non-All Blacks Tests at Twickenham with 13 of those wins coming by 10 or more points.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – England -8.5

Wales v South Africa, Sunday 25th November 2.00am AEDT Principality Stadium

Wales have won four of five against South Africa and off a butcher job of Tonga, confidence will be high. The Welsh have won three straight against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium while the Springboks have managed double digit wins over Wales just twice in the last decade. Wales have won 12 of 15 at home.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Wales +1.5

Italy v Australia, Sunday 18th November 1.00am AEDT Stadio Euganeo

Italy have lost 15 straight against Six Nations/Rugby Championship opposition and they look set for another big loss when the Wallabies visit Padua. While they defeated Georgia last weekend, a 54-7 thrashing at the hands of Ireland is more reflective of where the Italian team is at. Of those 15 straight losses against Six Nations/Rugby Championship opposition, 14 of those have been by more than 13 and 12 by 17-plus.

Australia are a perfect 19-0 all-time v Italy with 5 of the last 6 won by margins of 18 or more.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Australia -17.5

Scotland v South Africa, Sunday 18th November 4.20am AEDT BT Murrayfield

South Africa have met Scotland 11 times over the last 15 years and walked away victors on 10 occasions. Nine of those wins have come by double digits. The Springboks’ average margin of victory is 19.27 over that span. Scotland have gone just 6-4 in 2018 including a loss to the USA.

South Africa have improved their road record this year with three wins in their last five Northern Hemisphere.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – South Africa -3.5

Ireland v New Zealand, Sunday 18th November 6.00am AEDT Aviva Stadium

Ireland have swept all before them this year and enter this clash with the All Blacks geared up for one of the nation’s most famous victories. It is impossible to take Ireland getting just 5.5 points. Ireland have won just one of 12 Tests against New Zealand since 2004 with nine of those defeats coming by double digits.

Three of the last four at Landsdowne Road between the two have been wins to the All Blacks by 12-plus points. After a disappointing showing at Twickenham last week and in a revenge situation after the Chicago humiliation last year, the All Blacks will be ready.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – New Zealand -5.5

France v Argentina, Sunday 18th November 7.05am AEDT Stade Pierre-Mauroy

French Rugby is at one of its lowest ebbs, having won just two of their last 15 Tests with one of those an uninspiring home win against Italy. A home draw against Japan this time last year shows how far Les Bleus have fallen. Argentina won two Rugby Championship games this year and are a vastly improved team. Happy to take the points here.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Argentina +6.5

England v New Zealand, Sunday 11th November 2.00am AEDT Twickenham Stadium

Like nearly all teams in world rugby, England have a horrendous record against New Zealand this century with just a single win in their last 15 meetings, a surprise win at Twickenham in 2012. They have tended to play the All Blacks close though with only one loss outside of 13 points in the last eight meetings and only two losses outside the margin this century at Twickenham. With 27 wins in their last 33 Tests, England look a sound play here.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – England +13.5

Wales v Australia, Sunday 11th November 4.20am AEDT Principality Stadium

Wales have lost 13 straight Tests to Australia and despite the Wallabies enduring a horrific Rugby Championship campaign, Australia will be confident of getting their confidence back with a win at Millennium Stadium. The Wallabies have won all eight Tests v Wales at Millennium Stadium over the last decade with the last two by margins of 8-plus. Australia have won 9 of their last 13 Tests in the Northern Hemisphere.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Australia +2.5

Ireland v Argentina, Sunday 11th November 5.30am AEDT Aviva Stadium

Ireland have been all-conquering with 15 wins in their last 16 Tests and they have not lost at Lansdowne Road against a team not named the All Blacks in over three years. Their average margin of victory at home this year has been 22.33. Argentina have won just 2 of 9 Tests this year and have lost six of those by double digits.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Ireland -18.5

France v South Africa, Sunday 11th November 7.05am AEDT Stade de France

South Africa have won six straight against France and should get the job done against an underwhelming Les Bleus again. France have won just two of their last 14 Tests – one against Italy – and have won just two of nine end-of-year Tests.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – South Africa -2.5

Japan v New Zealand, Saturday 3rd November 4.45pm AEDT Ajinomoto Stadium

In what seems an incredibly disrespectful move by the All Blacks, Steve Hansen has decided to name a secondary squad to tackle Japan in Tokyo. While this is far from the All Blacks’ best squad, they should have few issues covering the 34.5 points. The All Blacks and Cherry Blossoms have played five times with the closest margin being 48 points with New Zealand twice posting 100-plus points. Japan have come a long way

Betting Strategy

 BACK – New Zealand -32.5

Wales v Scotland, Sunday 4th November 1.45am AEDT Principality Stadium

Wales have dominated Scotland in recent years with 10 wins in their last 11 meetings. Seven of those wins have been by double digits. The Welsh have won nine straight against the Scots at Millennium Stadium to boot with an average winning margin of 16.9 points per game. Wales have won 10 of 11 home Tests against Northern Hemisphere opposition.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Wales -5.5

England v South Africa, Sunday 4th November 2.00am AEDT Twickenham

Very happy to take South Africa getting a start in this one. England have won just two of their last 16 Tests against the Springboks with South Africa winning six of the last seven Tests at Twickenham. England lost the mid-season Test series against the Springboks in South Africa 2-1 and have won just one of their last six Tests.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – South Africa +3.5

Ireland v Italy, Sunday 4th November 7.00am AEDT Soldier Field

After the success of their last venture to Chicago where they defeated the almighty All Blacks, Ireland return to the Windy City where they will meet Italy. Ireland really lifted for the event last year and will be at full throttle against Italy. Italy have lost 14 straight against top tier nations and have lost their last two to Ireland by 37 and 58 points.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Ireland -28.5

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