Rugby is a team sport that emerged as a variation of football in 19th-century England. Today, rugby is an umbrella term for a family of team sports — rugby union and rugby league, as well as earlier forms of football from which the two games evolved. Rugby officially split into two sports in 1895, when 21 clubs separated from the Rugby Football Union to form the Rugby Football League; the RFU turned professional a century later, shortly after the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Rugby league and rugby union may appear similar, but the two sports differ in playing styles, game management, rules and tactics. At LV BET, we offer prematch and in-play rugby betting markets with competitive odds on the biggest rugby union and rugby league tournaments. Let’s cover the basics of rugby betting to get you started!



To bet on rugby, head to our Sportsbook and browse through available betting markets on upcoming or ongoing rugby union and rugby league matches. You can wager on Match Winner, Total Points, Points Handicap and other betting markets, like First Tryscorer, Tries Handicap and Last Team to Score. The odds will be displayed next to each selection, and you can add multiple selections to the same betslip. When ready, choose your stake and confirm your bets. Before you get started, you’ll need a bit more information! Here are the main differences between the two codes of rugby football and which tournaments you should look out for:

Rugby Union — Rugby union, governed by World Rugby, is a close-contact team sport played between two teams of 15 players. Only eight substitutions are permitted, and tries, penalties and drop goals give more points than in rugby league. Rugby sevens is a variation of rugby union, in which teams of seven play seven-minute halves. Keep an eye on the Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby, Shute Shield and the Six Nations Championship.

Rugby League — Rugby league football, governed by the Rugby League Federation, is a full-contact sport played between two teams of 13 players on a rectangular pitch that is smaller than rugby union fields. Up to 10 substitutions are allowed, there are no rucks, and a scrum occurs when the ball is kicked off the field. Look out for the World Cup, National Rugby League, Queensland Cup, Super League and the Challenge Cup.


Squeeze through the ruck and make your way to the LV BET Sportsbook — your one-stop destination for the latest rugby odds on the biggest rugby league and rugby union matches of the year. You can bet on Most Tries, First Team to Score, First-Half Winner and dozens of other rugby betting markets. Have a look and explore an unparalleled variety of betting markets for rugby, other sports, esports and entertainment events!

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