All Blacks Rugby World Cup Odds: New Zealand Second Favourites at France 2023
If you were to ask any New Zealander right now about the All Blacks odds to win the World Cup with betting sites, chances are you’d get laughed at.
The team is at its lowest ebb in decades, with a public vote of no confidence in the coaching staff and a loss record that has seen the team drop to forth in the world rankings.
Quite simply, things aren’t great right now. But if we look at past All Black situations in previous World Cup cycles, what can we learn?
1987 – OK, this was a long time ago but the All Blacks had gone through a very tumultuous season previously that had seen the bulk of the team suspended for taking part in an illegal tour of South Africa.
Nevertheless, a combination of old and new saw them win the inaugural tournament.
1991 – The wheels had already started to fall off an aging All Black side, who had carried on their World Cup winning form to post a 50-match unbeaten streak.
But in 1990 they were beaten by the Wallabies, who repeated the dose a year later in the World Cup semi-final.
1995 – The previous season was the one that had seen the All Blacks lose their last test at Eden Park ever and a series to France.
However they rallied to beat the Springboks in a series, but it was the Boks who would have the last laugh as they won the World Cup final the next year.
1999 – Annus Horribilis is how 1998 is usually described by All Black fans, with five defeats in a row. They initially came back strong in 1999 with a good win over the Springboks, but suffered a record loss to the Wallabies in Sydney before heading the World Cup.
Things were looking like a cakewalk for them until they ran into France in the semi-final.
2003 – Coming into the Rugby World Cup betting, the All Blacks were well fancied, having won the Bledisloe Cup off the Wallabies for the first time in five years.
However, the Aussies hosted the World Cup that year and ended up taking on the All Blacks in the semi-final, which they won surprisingly comfortably.
2007 – Probably the biggest choke job of all All Black campaigns, the previous few seasons had seen them near unbeatable under coach Graham Henry.
They breezed through pool play and were expected to dispatch France (sound familiar?) in the quarter final, but suffered perhaps the most devastating World Cup loss in their history.
2011 – Here’s where it gets really interesting, because the All Blacks suffered a four test loss (with another against the Barbarians) season in 2009, making that a very poor return by their standards.
Things turned around the next year for only one loss, then the team triumphantly won the World Cup in 2011. So this is a pretty good example of things turning around, albeit with one more year than the current side has.
2015 – The All Blacks were pretty much invincible on their way to securing a third title in 2015, with 2013 and ’14 being arguably their best seasons in the pro era.
2019 – Much like 1991, the wobbles had set in at the end of 2018 and a loss to Ireland, followed then by a record total conceded to the Wallabies in 2019 meant that a semi-final showdown with England was no sure bet.
So it proved as they crashed out of the tournament and entered the current period of malaise.
What We Can Learn
The Springboks showed between 2018 and 2019 that things could be turned around fast, but that involved a new coach.
If the All Blacks replace Ian Foster, the time and talent is there as well as a proud history of success in rugby history.
However, it is a very strange looking world when the All Blacks World Cup odds with betting apps are seeing them behind France.
It's an uphill battle from here, as the All Blacks have a very tough schedule through 2022. They head to South Africa for two tests, before returning home to play Argentina, then a Bledisloe Cup series.
They end the year with tests against Scotland, Wales and England on a UK tour.
Just what the team and coaching staff looks like by then remains to be seen.
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