With the Rugby World Cup only a matter of weeks away, home nations will be involved in a number of warm up matches in preparation for the main event in New Zealand and Coral bookmakers have seen a huge 50k bet.
England take on Wales at Twickenham on Saturday and Coral make the home side the 1-5 favourites. But surprisingly it’s a betting shop in Wales where one customer has placed a 50k bet (to win 10k) on the home side to win.
Coral make England the 11 point favourites on the handicap.
“Though it’s a friendly World Cup warm up, both teams will no doubt be looking for a win, and with the passion for their rugby so strong in Wales, it takes a brave person to walk into a local betting shop and back the opposition,” said Coral spokesman Gary Burton.
Scotland take on Ireland and Coral make the Irish slight favourites to win the game at 8-11. Scotland are 11-10 and have a two point start in the handicap betting.
1-5 England, 7-2 Wales, 20-1 Draw
11-10 Scotland, 8-11 Ireland, 18-1 Draw
10-11 England (-11pts), 10-11 Wales (+11pts), 16-1 Draw
10-11 Scotland (+2pts), 10-11 Ireland (-2pts), 16-1 Draw
**RUGBY WORLD CUP
8-11 New Zealand, 7-2 Australia, 7-1 South Africa, 9-1 England, 14-1 France, 20-1 Ireland, 40-1 Wales, 100-1 Argentina, 150-1 Scotland, 250-1 Samoa, 500-1 Italy, 1000-1 Fiji, Tonga, 2000-1 Canada, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Russia, USA