More people backing Japan to win the World Cup than New Zealand

Could Japan defy the odds and complete the greatest shock in sport?

Sam Eaton
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Wed, 2 Oct, 2:05 PM

The home nation came into the World Cup with no real expectations of lifting the trophy, however a surprising set of results might have them dreaming of glory. Japan pulled off a memorable victory when they turned over the Irish last month. Not only did they win the game, but they also appear to have won the support of the betting public.

ince the start of the week, Japan have been the second most backed team to win the Rugby World Cup, behind Wales. The Japanese have accounted for a remarkable 14% of all betslip clicks on Oddschecker. Despite the support for the home nation, they still remain a massive $251 to win the whole competition.

As mentioned, Wales lead the way in terms of betting on the eventual winner. Their scintillating performances in Japan, which includes a win over Australia, has led to 36% of people backing them for World Cup glory at $11.

The Wallabies have been the fifth most backed team in the winner market, and are $21 to win the tournament.

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