IRELAND are out to 33/1 for the Rugby World Cup with Ladbrokes after losing at home to France in their latest warm-up match.
France are now into 12/1 (from 14s) and the shortest of all the Northern Hemisphere teams. England are 14/1 and Wales remain 80/1 despite their entertaining win over Argentina.
New Zealand’s surprise defeat to South Africa in the Tri-Nations hasn’t affected the outright World Cup market however with the All Blacks still the 8/15 favourites for victory on home turf.
The Springboks remain a best priced 9/1 for the World Cup with Ladbrokes.
Spokesman David Williams said: “It looked like a weak All Blacks side so we’re not going overboard with price changes. Ireland fielded a strong side so their inability to beat an experimental French outfit doesn’t bode well right now.”
Ladbrokes – Rugby World Cup betting:
8/15 New Zealand
9/1 South Africa