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Have a flutter on the game up north

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 22 Jul 2013 at 09:08
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The pride and the passion that the best players from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland brought to the British and Irish Lions’ jersey by overcoming the mighty Australians down under illustrates the strength in depth of the domestic game in the UK and Ireland. The advent of professionalism, the newly found multinational nature of rugby union and the latest success of the Lions, mean that interest in the game worldwide has never been higher.

The intensity and the money-spinning nature of the English Premiership means that the top club sides in England are some of the strongest on earth. From the first week of September, players from rugby’s giants, such as Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, and Saracens will stride out each week for 80 minutes of combat. They present a picture more reminiscent of a gladiatorial contest than a sporting match. While much focus is on the English Premiership, the success of Dublin based Leinster in the Heineken Cup (rugby’s European Champions’ League) just over a year ago emphasises the competitiveness of the Pro12 league. Pro12 comprises the best teams from Italy, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. With the bulk of the Lions’ squad being made up of Welsh players, attention is sure to turn to top clubs from the principality such as Cardiff Blues, Llanelli Starlets and the Ospreys. They will be meeting other Irish power houses Munster and Ulster and the likes of Scottish titans Edinburgh.

As strong as the domestic British and Irish leagues are currently, there’s no disputing the fact that the reigning Heineken League champions, Toulon, hail from France. Toulon like other tope French sides Toulouse and Clermont have lured the cream of world rugby from Europe and down under. With the likes of Johnny Wilkinson kicking them to the pinnacle of world club rugby, Toulon will be desperate to cling on to title come October when the Heineken Cup’s European heavyweights once again face off against one another.

As with other major ball sports, rugby has become one of the first ports of call for the increasing number of consumers turning to William Hill online gambling. The biggest and longest serving bookmaker in in the UK is long acquainted with the world’s best contact sport. Providing the best markets and offering the best odds guaranteed for the forthcoming rugby season, William Hill devotes betting markets to all of rugby’s competitions, including the Six Nations. Every game is covered with podcasts and regular updates provided on William Hill Radio.


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