Bookies not sold on Boks' RWC 2019 chances
Cape Town - The Springboks have been installed as fifth-favourites to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan following Thursday's confirmation of the tournament fixtures.
Predictably, the two-time defending champion All Blacks top the charts at 23/20, ahead of England (39/10) and Australia (13/2).
Ireland are next best at 8/1 followed by Allister Coetzee's Boks at 39/4 according to the BET.co.za website.
The tournament kicks off on Friday, September 20, 2019 as hosts Japan face a yet-to-be-determined 'Europe 1' country.
The following day will see a mouth-watering encounter as the All Blacks and Boks square off in Yokohama at 11:45 SA time.
The final is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, exactly two years from today.
Rugby World Cup 2019 pools:
Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, Playoff winner
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy,
Africa 1, Repechage winner
Pool C: England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga
Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Americas 2
Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup match schedule (SA times):
Saturday, September 21: South Africa v New Zealand,
International Stadium - Yokohama (11:45)
Saturday, September 28: South Africa v Africa 1, City of
Toyota Stadium - Aichi (11:45)
Friday, October 4: South Africa v Italy, Shizuoka Stadium
Ecopa - Shizuoka (11:45)
Tuesday, October 8: South Africa v Repechage winner, Kobe
Misaki Stadium - Kobe (12:15)