Chapter 2: What are the biggest rugby union events?

There are rugby union events throughout the year for bettors to enjoy. This includes competitions between both clubs and countries. 

  • The most popular events in rugby union
  • Who are the strongest teams in rugby union?
  • How to bet on rugby union events



The 6 Nations

The Six Nations is arguably the largest annual rugby union event there is. It is a competition featuring 6 countries: England, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Scotland, and France.

The tournament was initially called the ‘Home Nations Championship’ as it featured only the 4 countries within the United Kingdom, however they expanded to add both Italy and France.

Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is a rugby union tournament that takes place every 4 years. It was initially launched in 1987 and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

 16 teams compete to take home the Webb Ellis Cup, however only New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England have managed victories.

Champions Cup

Similarly to the Six Nations, the Champions Cup is an annual rugby union event. The competition is for the clubs of countries whose national teams featured in the Six Nations Championship. The Champions Cup is often regarded as a top tier rugby union club competition.

Challenge Cup

Another annual rugby union event. Similarly to the Champions Cup, however it is often considered a second-tier event, behind the Champions Cup.    

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It’s important to understand the variety of betting markets available, as well as certain actions that can be taken to help you best prepare to bet on rugby union.