ENGLAND ARE just 10/1 with Ladbrokes not to formally appoint a head coach next year.
The bookies are speculating on what the next year will hold for the side, also offering more optimistic fans 150/1 they stay unbeaten. It’s 14/1 they appoint and dismiss a coach in the same calender year.
World champions New Zealand are only 14/1 to avoid defeat in their fixture-packed 2012 and it’s 4/5 they win the inaugural Four Nations tournament.
The firm also look back on a year which saw industry-wide turnover on rugby union reach record levels with the World Cup alone, generating £75 million worth of bets as punters defied time zones to cheer the All Blacks to glory.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “It’s been a fantastic year for rugby betting with the World Cup a high point despite New Zealand’s victory. Looking ahead to next year we predict further turbulence for England, while the world champions look set to go from strength to strength.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
2012 Rugby Union specials
New Zealand to go unbeaten in 2012 – 14/1
England to go unbeaten in 2012 – 150/1
Any player to break Jonny Wilkinson’s record of 35 points in a single Six Nations match in 2012 – 100/1
New Zealand to win the first ever 4 Nations – 4/5
England to appoint a permanent head coach and dismiss him in 2012 – 14/1
England not to appoint a permanent head coach during 2012 – 10/1