This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: June 24 2016

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It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions.

A busy weekend lies ahead with the June Tests coming to a close along with key finals in the Top 14 and World Rugby U20 Championship.

Where else to turn ahead of such a busy weekend than to Paddy Power, so let's take a look at the best opportunities ahead over the next few days.

June Tests

New Zealand v Wales

The All Blacks go in to this clash with the series already secured and the hosts are favourites at 1/20 to make it a 3-0 cleansweep with Wales at 11/1 to secure an ulikely win.

Our prediction of a New Zealand victory by 12 points is worth a bet at 12/1 while a try on debut for All Blacks flanker Elliot Dixon looks enticing at 11/4.

Wales have performed well during the first half of each of the previous two Tests so we think it's a handy option to back Liam Williams to score the opening try which is at 18/1.

Australia v England

England have already wrapped up a first-ever series in Australia but don't think they'll be sitting back for the third Test with a 3-0 potential scoreline on the cards in Sydney.

Just the one change to the starting line-up points to Eddie Jones going for the jugular. Teimana Harrison, the new face in England's back row, is a 13/2 anytime try scorer.

The Wallabies desperately need to peg back a win before the Rugby Championship starts, and also need to avoid a whitewash against their old rivals, so a winning margin of between 1-5 points at 5/1 appeals.

We expect that England won't go home with the clean sweep and for Australia to win by three points.

South Africa v Ireland

This series is level at 1-1 so there's plenty at stake for these two evenly-matched sides and if you're brave enough to take a risk then why not place your money on a draw which is at 22/1. 

The odds on the Boks' livewire scrum-half Faf de Klerk to score a try during the 80 minutes are at 4/1 and a Bok victory by between one and seven points are at 7/2.

An Ireland try as the first score of this Test is worth a flutter at 7/1 with CJ Stander at odds of 18/1 to do that.

It should be tight, but we're expecting the Springboks to win by six points.

Other fixtures:

Argentina v France: Argentina by 3
Japan v Scotland: Scotland by 8
Samoa v Tonga: Samoa by 6
USA v Russia: USA by 12
Canada v Italy: Italy by 8

Top 14

Racing 92 v Toulon

Unsurprisingly given their four trophies in five years it's Toulon who come into Friday's final in Barcelona as favourites at 8/15.

Racing edge the head-to-head between the two sides this season after two wins out of three, one in that Champions Cup quarter-final, but there was very little in any of those games.

Juan Imhoff (10/1) and Josua Tuisova (17/2) are first try-scoring favourites both well worth considering given their form towards the end of the season.

Toulon do have the experience but this feels like Racing's year to end their long wait for a title, a run going back to 1990. Racing by three.

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