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Rugby League originated in 1895 when rugby split into two codes, the other being Rugby Union, after a dispute over payment to players. It is predominantly played in the north of England, certain regions of France, New Zealand, Australia, and also the Pacific Islands.

How to get hold of your Rugby League Free Bets

Making use of your free Rugby League bet couldn’t be simpler. Begin by picking out which of the sign-up offers you most like the look of, then register for a new sports betting account with that bookmaker by clicking on a link or banner that you see on and entering your details.

Once you have registered you’ll need to make an initial deposit (unless your chosen free bet offer states that no deposit is required) and place a bet. Once your initial bet has been placed and settled, your Rugby League free bet will be released. Then in order to utilise your free bet tokens simply place a bet in the same manner as you would normally, but select the ‘free bet’ icon before confirming.

Rugby League free bets can be used on whatever market you wish and with a little bit of help from us a below you can make the most of your stake.

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The next major upcoming Rugby League betting event is the small matter of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The tournament will get underway on the 27th October, with the action taking place across New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea. 14 teams will take part and with a total of 28 matches taking part over the month or so long tournament there's a whole host of potential betting opportunities. With a host of markets in each individual games, there are also the outright markets including the obvious such as tournament winner and team to reach the final.

The format will see four groups as can be found below:

Group A





Group B

New Zealand




Group C

Papua New Guinea



Group D


United States


The top three teams from groups A and B will progress to the knockout stages whilst from Groups C and D, only the highest ranked team will go through. The clear favourites for the tournament are Australia, who even before kick-off of the very first game, are odds-on to go all the way. In the 14 previous editions of this tournament, the Aussies have won 10 including the last one that took place in England 2013. In being drawn in the group stages with England, they will get a chance to lay down a marker in the very first game and Mal Meninga's Wallabies side look very difficult to oppose. 

England are the second favourites however and should be able to follow the Aussies out of the group. Wayne Bennett will seek to ensure his side can bounce back from their heart-breaking defeat against New Zealand on home soil in 2013. It's going to be extremely tough but the English will look to at least prove they are the best of the rest. Castleford scrum-half Luke Gale was the Super League Man-of-Steel in the previous season and now the 29-year-old will look to take his fine form on to the international stage. Closely behind England in the betting stakes is New Zealand but with a series of turbulent events in the build-up to the tournament, the Kiwis do not appear to be worth backing.

How can I turn my free Rugby League bet into winnings?

With the success of the NRL and the Super League betting on rugby league has grown massively in recent years. There are a number of possibilities to bet on from the outright winner of the match to the margin of victory.

A particularly popular market when betting for free on Rugby League is the handicap market where the favourite team starts with a points handicap and you can then select who will win the match with that handicap in place. For previews of upcoming matches and tips on what to bet on keep a weekly eye on

Just to be confusing so-and-sos, the game is officially known as Rugby Football League. The reason for the 1895 split from the Rugby Football Union is constatly argued but it's acknowleged to be over the issue of payments to players. Rugby League's rules gradually changed with the purpose of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators and it is frequently cited as the toughest, most physically demanding of team sports.

The game is dominated by the Super League in England and France and the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia and New Zealand. The pinnacle of the international game is the Rugby League World Cup which is currently held every four or five years and the current holders are Australia who beat New Zealand in the 2013 final at Old Trafford.  

What are the differences to Rugby Union?

Rugby League differs from its Union counterpart in a number of ways, mostly aimed at placing a greater emphasis on creating free flowing and faster action. The most crucial differences are the following;

Number of Players: In Rugby League there are only 13 players in contrast to Union where there are 15.

The breakdown: In Rugby League once a tackle is called play is stopped and the breakdown is uncontested.

Sets of Six: In Rugby League the team in possession of the ball has six tackles, or sets, in order to advance up the pitch or score a try. The referee shouts out what number the tackle count is at and usually on the fifth tackle a team will kick for territory or keep the ball alive as long as possible to score a try. If a sixth tackle is made the ball changes hands and the defending team is given possession.

Scrums: Scrums in Rugby League are almost always uncontested.

How are Rugby League points scored?

There are a number of methods of scoring points in rugby league;

Try – A try is worth 4 points and is awarded when a player places the ball on the try line or past the try line in the in goal area (the area between the try line and the dead ball line). The player must be in control of the ball and there must be sufficient downward pressure for the try to be valid.

Conversion – Once a try is scored the team can that convert the try for an extra 2 points by kicking the ball over the bar and between the two upright posts. The position of where the goal is taken from is dependent on where the try was scored.

Penalty – A team can opt to choose for another set of six tackles when a penalty is awarded but they can also choose to kick a penalty goal for an extra two points if they are within a suitable distance of the goal posts. Again, like a conversion, the kick must go over the bar and between the two upright posts.

Drop Goal - A drop goal is worth 1 point and is awarded when a player makes a successful drop kick from open play between the posts. It is mostly used towards the end of a match when teams are drawing or when a team leads by a try and wants to ensure the other team would then need two tries to win. 

One extra thing to do...

Make sure you're not a professional rugby league player before you bet! In 2004, St Helens duo Sean Long and Martin Gleeson were fined and banned after being found guilty of betting on their own game with Bradford Bulls. St Helens squad, having already competed in three more high-intensity matches than all the other Super League teams, were struggling to cope and coach Ian Millward was worried about his players becoming fatigued and losing form so he rested eleven first choice players for the clash with defending Super League champions Bradford, effectively playing his reserves and accepting certain defeat.

Knowing that St Helens were set to field a weakened side, Long and Gleeson placed bets on Bradford to win. Gleeson bet £1,000 that Bradford would win by a margin greater than eight points, whilst Long placed a bet of similar value on the Bulls' victory.

True to form, Bradford won 54-8. Long was one of the players left out of the squad but Gleeson was selected by Millward, and actually scored the first try in the game.

They were each fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £2,205 costs. Long was handed a three-month and Gleeson a four-month suspension. A few weeks after receiving the suspension, Gleeson signed for Warrington Wolves for a fee reported at £200,000.

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