Australia Rugby World Cup Odds: What Betting Price Are The Wallabies?

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Australia were considered as dark horses by many for this year’s Rugby World Cup in France but after losing to Fiji at the weekend they have drifted out to a massive price with betting sites for tournament glory.

Despite only assuming the reins in the aftermath of the 2019 finals in Japan, Dave Rennie was relieved of his duties as Wallabies head coach at the beginning of this year. 

His record in the hot seat across 34 tests stood at 13 wins, three draws and 18 defeats.

Outside of five consecutive victories in 2021 - a run that saw them moving up to third spot in the world rankings - Rennie’s tenure was blighted by inconsistency. 

While England, Argentina, South Africa, Scotland and Wales were accounted for in 2022, the Aussies also suffered nine defeats in that calendar year.

This included a 28-27 reversal to Italy in Florence on November 12, when Rennie was heavily criticised for fielding a second-string outfit. 

However, there are some who feel that the New Zealander was hard done by, particularly when the performances in his final two tests were quite strong.

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They surprised online rugby betting sites by losing narrowly to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and Australia claimed a morale-boosting 39-34 success over the Welsh - a result that saw his fellow Kiwi Wayne Pivac being replaced at the helm of the Dragons.

Warren Gatland was drafted into the Wales fold as his replacement, whereas Rennie made way for Eddie Jones - who had his contract as England head coach terminated in the wake of a disappointing autumn international window. 

A strange set of musical chairs has seen Jones returning to the post he previously held from 2001 to 2005, but it is undeniable that he will bring a strong pedigree with him.

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Jones Has Strong World Cup Record Coming Back Into Wallabies Hot Seat

While he won the Tri Nations Series (now known as The Rugby Championship) in 2001 before earning considerable success in the Asia Rugby Championship and Six Nations Championship with Japan and England respectively, it is his record at the World Cup finals that would have enticed Rugby Australia to bring him back in after an 18-year absence.

In 2003, he brought his native country to the World Cup final, and it took an extra-time drop goal from English fly-half Jonny Wilkinson to deny them the Webb Ellis Cup. 

Four years later, he was a technical advisor for South Africa when they secured their second World Cup crown with a final victory over England.

The latter side are the common denominator on Jones’ World Cup journey as he brought the English to the 2019 final, where South Africa once again defeated them. 

Four years earlier he had guided Japan to a headline-grabbing win over the Springboks, though the Brave Blossoms couldn’t progress beyond the pool stages.

Australia A Huge Drifter After Fiji Loss

Although his re-emergence to the Wallabies isn’t enough to push them up the pecking order for France 2023, they are easy to back to score victory in the 2023 Rugby World Cup betting - ahead of the likes of Wales, Argentina and Scotland.

As it currently stands, the Wallabies are 25.0 with bookmakers to earn a third Webb Ellis title to go alongside their previous triumphs in 1991 and 1999. 

Ladbrokes have gone for the even shorter odds of 11.0 as the Aussies seek to improve on their disappointing quarter-final exit in 2019.

Back then, Jones was in charge of an English side that comfortably disposed of an Australian challenge on a score of 40-16. 

As fate would have it, there is every chance that the two teams could meet again at the same point in this year’s World Cup.

Should England finish top of Pool D with Australia simultaneously claiming the runners-up place in Pool C - then they will lock horns at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille in the last-eight of the tournament.

The Wallabies need to bounce back after a shock loss to Fiji and another loss could see them exit the tournament at the group stage for the first time in RWC history.

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