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How will the Springboks perform in 2019?

By Jesica Slabbert - Sep 10, 2018
How will the Springboks perform in 2019?

2019 Rugby World Cup

With the next Rugby World Cup set to take place in Japan in 2019, many countries are looking at their own teams with the hope that they will bring the coveted Webb Ellis Cup home. South Africa’s rugby team, the Springboks, brought the trophy home in 1995 and in 2007, so what chances do they have of bringing it back once more in 2019?

The odds are pretty good actually

Betting sites, such as BettingTop 10, spend a lot of time and money assessing the different teams and it is worthwhile reviewing their odds to see where the Springboks stand. Rugby betting is very popular in South Africa, with events such as the Rugby World Cup and Currie Cup bringing in huge numbers of betters every year.

Springbok World Rugby Rankings

South Africa is currently 7th in the World Rugby rankings as of 3 September 2018, according to World Rugby statistics, which are calculated using a 'Points Exchange' system, where sides gain or lose points based on the match result. 

The Springboks had been in the top 6 of the World Rugby rankings since the world rugby rankings began in 2003. The drop down to 7th, their worst ranking ever, has resulted in mass fan disappointment and lack of faith in their ability to win future matches.

Gaining experience

Support for the Springbok team has been strained this year due to a series of disappointing and unexpected losses to the likes of Wales earlier in the year and their recent loss to Argentina.

So how much faith should South African rugby fans entrust in the Springboks?

According to their new coach, Rassie Erasmus, who took over coaching the team after Allister Coetzee earlier this year, the team has a good shot at winning the 2019 World Cup.

The South African team is relatively young and Rassie expects to give these young players, many of whom show great promise, time to gain match experience in the upcoming games.

The Springboks face the Aussie’s and the All Blacks in the next few weeks and then, at the end of the year, they head to Europe to play France, Scotland and Wales again.

By the end of the year we’ll have a better idea of how our team will fare in Japan next year.