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Feature: Increased sport’s betting for increased popularity in South African rugby

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 15, 2017
Feature: Increased sport’s betting for increased popularity in South African rugby

Certainly the most primordial force behind the catalyst that is South Africa’s sport is rugby union, with the game ever- amassing to new heights in the country on a yearly basis.

Extending to every nook and cranny in South Africa, with representation shown in every province, some with sub-representation within the same provinces, the game manifests itself to a growing popularity.

For international recognition, the annual Super Rugby competition, now involving top-class representation from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Argentina – augments all of South Africa’s domestic unions into six Super Rugby franchises.

This lends South Africa to have the greatest footprint in the Super Rugby competition, soon beginning on February 25th 2017, with six representative sides, as opposed to New Zealand and Australia’s five each, and one from Argentina and Japan apiece.

The new-formatted Super Rugby competition, integrating these six umbrella franchises, shadowing all of its landscape, has increased viewership and attendance due to the increase of local derbies and home games for South African sides.

Generally, rugby viewers in the country love and enjoy watching the gruelling traditional rivalries between SA sides, as well as home games for such SA sides against overseas opposition. Each game played in the country obviously enriches the attendance for matches, as well as the interest for viewing and following.

For each South African side, they will play on average 11 or 12 games in South Africa of their 15 seasonal matches – either at home or away in another South African side’s home ground. This accentuates viewers in the country to follow and rival with one another on their respective supported sides – thus makes way for betting and prediction sites to hoard much entertainment.

In 2016, the Super Rugby competition saw a total 25-million South African TV viewers, an approximate 2.5-million increase from 2015’s Super Rugby campaign. This could set to increase again in 2017.

Websites such as SuperBru have had a stockpile of popular involvement, with rugby lovers predicting winners and winning margins for all competition games and gaining points and scores for their accuracy – the Super Rugby competition being a very popular onset.

More serious on rugby prediction forums, is the William Hill website, offering the ultimate online sport’s betting experience with great odds, while also live streaming rugby results. Stand a chance to win big money if you feel your odds are with you in many different markets for all different rugby competitions internationally.

For odds on all Super Rugby Union, head to William Hill’s dedicated Rugby Union page at: http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/y/14/Rugby-Union.html.

In South Africa, the Super Rugby competition can heed much of this kind of entertainment in betting on William Hill, not just because the tournament is internationally renowned, but because popularity of rugby in the country generates and accumulates from all of its roots. Here’s how:         

With nine provinces in South Africa, there are a total of 15 professional domestic rugby sides in representation to various areas of South Africa’s landscape. Every province has one to three teams waving its colours, as the sport seeps over and within borders – due to its popular viewership and the garnered rugby players that pull through the system on a consistent footing.

Regarded as the cornerstone of South Africa’s rugby heritage, the 15 aforementioned domestic unions partake in the annual Currie Cup – a competition steeped in history, dating back to 1891. The Currie Cup is split into two divisions, the higher Premier Division and the lower First Division.

Having the foothold of rugby in the African continent and being one of the powerhouses in world rugby, the Currie Currie Cup’s pre-requisite local tournament, the former Vodacom Cup, has even involved international counterpart sides – the Welwitchias from Namibia, a Simba XV from Kenya and the Pampas XV from Argentina.

This, over and above all of the first-class South African sides, conjoins local rugby unions with international recognition and involvement – which again emphasizes the popularity of the sport in the country.

South Africa’s breeding ground for rugby talent in the country, the Coca Cola Craven Week, again a historical rugby settlement dating back to 1964, involves school boy rugby representation from all of the mentioned first-class unions.

In recent years the addition of Namibian and Zimbabwean sides, as well as district sides (rural-based) from Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Border, Limpopo Blue Bulls and Northern Cape (Griquas) have significantly enriched the competition and rugby’s reputation extending to all areas of the country.

Involving the sport to these extents, will in overall, invoke more interest, participation, viewership, rivalry and competitiveness for rugby in South Africa – therefore engendering this into online sport’s betting on William Hill can be most ideal and entertaining.