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Pool B at the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup is looking competitive to say the least with South Africa, Ireland and Scotland among the five nations ready to battle it out.

South Africa and Ireland are among the hot fancies to go on and win the World Cup and are priced at 4.33 and 5.50 respectively.

However Scotland, who are priced at 41.00 to go all the way, are a huge threat in Pool B, and will be out to finish in the top two.

Tonga and Romania make up the five, and while it may not be the ‘Pool of Death’ it has all the makings of a challenging one.

What2023 Rugby World Cup
WhenSaturday 9th September – Monday 29th October 2023
How to watchStan Sport, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsNew Zealand 3.75, France 4.00, South Africa 4.33, Ireland 5.50, Australia 11.00

Pool B Odds

South Africa appear to be the team to beat in Pool B and are priced at 1.80 to finish top of the pile, with Ireland available at 2.20.

Again it is hard to say whether finishing top of the Pool is an advantage or not. New Zealand or France look set to be the opposition in the quarter-finals and will be equally tough opposition.

Scotland will be out to spoil the party and can be backed 11.00 to win the Pool.

The Scots would no doubt be delighted to finish second and progress to the next stage. With that in mind they can be backed at 5.00 to reach the quarter-finals.

Tonga will also be out to pick up a couple of wins and upset the form book. They are no slouches and can be backed at 101.00 to win the Pool.

Romania are the big outsiders at 1501.00.

Pool B Schedule

The big game in the Pool will be the clash of the two heavyweights, South Africa and Ireland, which will take place on 23rd September at the Stade de France.

However both nations will have played a couple of games before then and can take nothing for granted.

Ireland take on Romania in the Pool’s opening game on 9th September and are priced at 1.001 to win. Romania are a massive 67.00 to pull off an upset.

South Africa face a potential banana skin in their first game when they take on Scotland on 10th September.

The Springboks are priced at 1.20 to win, with Scotland available at 4.50.

One of the other most eye-catching games comes late in the Pool and has the potential to be pivotal.

Ireland take on Scotland in the penultimate game on 7th October and there is the possibility of it being a winner-takes-all game as far as making it through the Pool is concerned.

Form ahead of the World Cup

South Africa have been in great form in 2023 when winning five and losing just one of the six games they have played.

That defeat came against New Zealand, but they did get their revenge on the All Blacks when smashing them 35-7 on 26th August.

Ireland have also been in great form when winning the ‘Six Nations’ with relative ease. They won all five of their games.

They have followed that up with wins over England and Samoa and should be full of confidence.

Scotland’s form in the Six Nations was decent when winning three of their five games to sit third on the ladder.

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