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It all comes down to this, probably. While four teams are still technically capable of winning the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series this year, New Zealand will be looking to put the result beyond a doubt this weekend and seal their 13th year-end crown. Add in Olympics qualification and relegation from next season’s reduced circuit, and there’s plenty on the line heading into the Toulouse Sevens tomorrow.
With New Zealand sitting 24 points ahead of Argentina on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings, the right result in Toulouse this weekend can see them secure the year-end title. However, Argentina, Fiji, and home favorites France will all be desperate to stem the Kiwis’ momentum and keep their own hopes alive through a strong performance of their own.
Will the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series head to London with a winner already decided? And at the other end of the table, who will secure their future before relegation occurs? We answer these questions and more as we break down the Toulouse 2023 Rugby Sevens odds and offer up our 2023 France Sevens predictions.
|ℹ️ Event:||2023 HSBC World Sevens Series in France|
|🧾Format:||16 teams compete in four pools, followed by knockout games|
|🏟️ Venue:||Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse, France|
|🗓️ Dates:||Friday 12 May to Sunday 14 May 2023|
To set the scene for our 2023 Rugby 7s France betting tips, here’s a look at the latest Toulouse 2023 Rugby Sevens odds from bookies in France:
You guessed it, France betting sites have New Zealand as the heavy favorite to win in Toulouse. Courtesy of their four titles in the past five events, New Zealand are paying a low 2.70 (7/4) to win, well ahead of second favorites Fiji, who sit at 4.33 (10/3). The Kiwis’ main rival this year, Argentina, are third favorites on 6.00 (5/1), before home side France hold a slight edge on Australia, 8.00 (7/1) to 8.50 (15/2).
The France Sevens first held a place in the calendar in 2000, with four events played between Paris and Bordeaux before its cancellation. Following a decade-long break, the tournament has now returned to French soil. Initially, Paris was the host city, but post-Covid shifted the France Sevens to Toulouse.
Typically, the Toulouse Sevens is a tense affair on the field, given its positioning in the global calendar. As it is this year, the year-end title is often on the line, with the France Sevens occurring as the second-to-last event of the season.
Here’s a look at the past five results here in France:
With Fiji winning the past two tournaments in France, can they finally get on the scoreboard here in 2023? Or will New Zealand go for the jugular and seal their 2023 HSBC World Sevens Series title by winning their third title in a row? Read on to find out about our rugby 7s France predictions 2023.
Rugby union bookmakers may be offering low odds on New Zealand to win, but who are the true favorites heading into the Toulouse Sevens? Here are our top three 2023 France Sevens predictions:
It’s not the most exciting of bets, but it’s hard to argue against New Zealand winning here this weekend. After getting their first event win in Sydney, the side have gone on a tear, winning four of the past five tournaments. The year-end title is right there for the taking – all they need to do is finish ahead of Argentina this weekend and not too far behind Fiji and France. This should be no issue considering their form and what’s on the line.
However, the odds on the Kiwis winning aren’t particularly lucrative, so we’d suggest backing a different team instead. Argentina are a fantastic option – not only because they’ve been the only team to keep pace with New Zealand this year but also because they are paying excellent odds for a win here.
With a return of 6.00 (5/1), Albiceleste feel overpriced in the odds at most Argentinian bookmakers. They’ve already beaten New Zealand in a final this season, have made three of the past four finals, and will be incredibly motivated to perform well in France and take the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series into a final week.
France are quietly lurking in fourth place on the standings this season and technically are still able to finish in first place. Despite the likelihood of this being almost zero (New Zealand would need to get one point from the next two tournaments, while France would have to win both), there’s something else on the line for France.
The top four teams this season automatically qualify for the Paris Olympics 2024. France, playing at home, having finished third here last year, and holding a slim lead over fifth-placed Australia, are an excellent bet to make a big push and win in Toulouse. They’ve come close recently, making the semifinals in four of the past five events. Can they find that little bit extra in their home country?
As the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2023 draws to a close, the whole season will potentially come down to this weekend. New Zealand have a chance to win the title with a game in hand, while others can stop them and make the Kiwis win it in London. We say that Argentina will do that and are our best bet to win the title here in France.