Rugby Union in England is divided into a number of divisions, the top one being the twelve clubs of the English Premiership, now more commonly known as the Guinness Premiership to reflect the sports sponsorship. Below this division is the National Division One comprising of sixteen professional and semi-professional teams. The divisions act in much the same way as they do in football with the promotion and relegation of teams depending on their seasonal positions in the divisions.
Plenty of Betting opportunities With Rugby Union.
Rugby Union betting has been transformed in recent years by the advent of a huge array of online betting sites, most of which offer prices and a vast range of betting opportunities within the game. Its no longer just a question of whether or not your team will win. Nowadays you can bet on things such as
- First scoring play
- Number of points scored by team A or B
- Total tries
- Total match points
- Winning margin
- Half time/full time position
And a whole lot more. It's worth checking out the various sites to see which is offering the best odds and is the right place for you. Many offer free bets and these change all the time so stay on the case to get the best deals. Live betting is another brilliant innovation in recent times. It means you can lay your money down at any point in a game and stay with the action until the end. You can also take a season view and bet on which team will win the league, the title, come rock bottom or which player will be top try scorer.
The season runs from September to May and consists of 22 matches, each team playing the others twice, both home and away. There are four points awarded for a win, two for a draw and one for a team losing by seven points or less with an extra point for a team scoring four tries or more in a match. When all these matches have been played, the top four teams go into the semi-final knockout phase.
The team finishing bottom of the table at the end of the season is relegated to National Division One and the champions of Division one are promoted to the Premiership. Unlike the football divisions, however, promotion is not automatic and is subject to the relevant team reaching a minimum performance standard.
HEINEKIN CUP OR EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP BETTING
For sports betting enthusiasts, this promises to be a hard fought season with Rugby Union becoming more and more prominent in the public eye and with television broadcasting key games on terrestrial networks. Traditional rivals such as Bath Rugby, London Wasps, Saracens, Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks will be battling out ferociously for supremacy. The top four teams from last season, plus others who qualified in different ways, are also vying for the Heineken Cup while the rest fight it out for the European Challenge Cup.