Rugby League is a British institution, and while it may not be the most popular sport in southern areas of the UK, across the north, and indeed in places like Australia and New Zealand it is huge.
The Super League welcomes thousands through the gates and onto the terraces each and every season, culminating in a Grand Final bet on by even more people.
We’re big fans here at Which Bookie and below you’ll find all you need to know about betting on rugby league, alongside the latest bookmaker free bets…
All the biggest online bookmakers offer rugby league odds, as well as fantastic betting offers, with it being one of the most popular sports in the country. You’ll find odds on the likes of the Super League, Challenge Cup and more with brands such as Paddy Power and Betfred, amongst others.
You’ll find all our favourite bookies offering rugby league odds below, while you can find many more of our tried and trusted brands by heading on over to our bookmaker reviews category.
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When it comes to betting on rugby league you’ll find much of the same markets as you would with Football betting. Betting on the winner is of course the most common market, but you will also find plenty more too.
Among the most common betting markets to enjoy on rugby league games are:
There are also a number of good outright markets in which you bet on too, including:
There are many major rugby league events and leagues across the world, although you will predominantly find them in the UK and Australia.
The Super League is the UK’s top flight league and features teams such as Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos and St Helens, who are the most famous and successful teams in the competition’s history.
The Challenge Cup is the domestic trophy for teams in the UK, while the NRL is Australia’s major league.
As well as this you can also bet on international rugby league, with the Rugby League World Cup taking place every year, a tournament of which Australia has won all but four times. The next Rugby League World Cup is scheduled to take place in England in 2021.
The Super League, also known as the ‘Betfred Super League’, is a rugby league competition featuring teams from Europe.
The league is now played in the summer months of between February and September rather than the winter after it replaced the old First Division in 1996 when it was introduced.
Currently, the league features eleven teams from the UK and the Catalans Dragons who are from Pyrénées-Orientales, France. Leigh Centurions from Manchester will also be joining the league in March 2021 following the departure of Toronto Wolfpack.
Super League team Leeds Rhinos are the most successful team in the league, winning it eight times with their last victory being in 2017 after winning the final 24-6 against Castleford Tigers.
The winners of the Super League play the Australasian champions of the National Rugby League (NRL) in the rugby league World Cup Challenge which takes place at the start of each season.
For UK fans it’s all about the Super League and every year it proves to be an intriguing competition.
St Helens are the current champions after beating Salford Red Devils in the Grand Final 23-6.
They’ve won the title seven times, behind only Leeds Rhinos who have eight.
Below you’ll find the last 10 Super League Winners…
The Challenge Cup has been running annually since 1896 which features amateur, semi-professional and professional clubs.
It is a knockout style competition in which the final is held at Wembley Stadium in London.
Rugby League club Wigan have won the Challenge Cup the most times, recording a total of 19 victories over the years. The most recent winners of the Challenge Cup are Leeds Rhinos who beat Salford Red Devils in a nailbiting 17-16 win in October 2020.
The National Rugby League, commonly known as the NRL, is the biggest rugby league in Australasia, featuring 16 teams from Australia and New Zealand. Currently, only The New Zealand Warriors represent New Zealand in the NRL with the other 15 teams being from Australia.
The league was formed in 1998 and runs from March to October with matches being played across Australia and New Zealand.
The winner of the NRL is determined by the NRL Grand Final at the end of the season with there currently being 12 different teams who have won it since the league was introduced. The Gold Coast Titans, Canberra Raiders, Parramatta Eels and the New Zealand Warriors are the only teams who are yet to win a Grand Final.
Controversy hit the NRL in 2010 when Melbourne Storm were found to have breached the salary cap. This resulted in all honours achieved between 2006 to 2010 being removed which included their 2007 & 2009 league titles. Melbourne Storm have won an additional three titles not counting the two which they were stripped of.
The State of Origin is a series between New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. The rivalry between the two sides and fans is tense with Queensland winning 23 series’ and New South Wales 15 since the competition was introduced in 1982.
There are three matches played with the winner being the team who picks up two or more wins.
Queensland are the current title holders having won two of the three matches in the 2020 series.