Tri Nations Rugby Betting Guide

Tri-Nations Nike AdThe Tri Nations is the most important test rugby series in the Southern Hemisphere. Played annually during the Southern hemisphere winter, the Tri Nations pits three of the most powerful teams in world rugby against one another in a series of home and away fixtures.

At present the Tri Nations comprises Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and was recently expanded to add three additional fixtures to the schedule. It is likely that the Tri Nations will be re-formatted in 2010 to accommodate the Argentinean rugby team.

Tri Nations Betting

The Tri Nations attracts an international television audience and widespread coverage from online sportsbooks. Each game played is a major sporting event, with a full selection of betting options on offer from top rugby betting sportsbooks, including Paddy Power and William Hill.

Ante-post tournament winner bets on the Tri Nations are available well in advance of the tournament from most online sportsbooks. Tri Nations betting specials become available from top sportsbooks immediately prior to Tri Nations fixtures being played.

Tri Nations History

The first Tri Nations was played in 1996, marking the move to professionalism in the sport, with the News Corporation investing �360 million in the tournament. The first tournament saw each team play both at home and away, and New Zealand emerged as the first Tri Nations champions.

The Tri Nations was expanded for the first time in 2006. It was a controversial move, with the number of fixtures between each team increased to three. The change was poorly received in South Africa where players now have to tour for a full month during the Tri Nations.

Tri Nations Winners

The New Zealand All Blacks have dominated the Tri Nations since its inception in 1996. The All Blacks have claimed the Tri Nations Championship on eight occasions, leaving South Africa and Australia to share two Tri Nations titles apiece.

The 2000 Tri Nations, won by Australia, is widely regarded as the greatest in the tournament’s history. The opening game broke the attendance record for an international rugby game as over 100,000 spectators packed into Sydney’s Olympic Stadium to watch New Zealand play Australia in what some consider to be the greatest test rugby game of all time.

Useful Tri-Nations Resources

2008 Tri-Nations Fixtures

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