Ireland underlined why they are seen as the northern hemisphere’s best hope of success in next year’s rugby union World Cup after coming from one match down to claim an historic 2-1 series victory in Australia. The Six Nations champions won Saturday’s third Test at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium 20-16 to follow on from their triumph in Melbourne last weekend, in a further boost to their burgeoning confidence under the leadership of Joe Schmidt.
It was their first series victory in Australia for 39 years and shows why they are the 5/1 second favourites with BetVictor for next September’s tournament in Japan, with an ailing Australia out at 9s with Ladbrokes.
Meanwhile, there was better news for England, who ended their five-match losing streak with a 25-10 victory over South Africa in the third Test in Cape Town.
South Africa won the series 2-1, but England coach Eddie Jones believes he and his players have learned valuable lessons over the course of a troubled fourth months. England are the 7/1 third favourites with Paddy Power, with world champions New Zealand the 11/10 market leaders.
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