This weekend's predictions!

Date published: June 27 2014

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It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions for the international weekend!

It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions for the June Tests!

Following on from a thrilling set of matches last weekend, this month's internationals roll on with plenty of intrigue and opportunity.

England will be hoping to pull off a rare win in New Zealand with their first-choice troops back in action, while Ireland are looking to go 2-0 up in Argentina and Wales travelling to Durban to face the Springboks.

It truly is a mouthwatering set of fixtures that we have ahead of us, so how better to spend the weekend then by making a profit from the various rugby bets on the market.

Let's get started.

New Zealand v England: Well, how about that last weekend. England came within a whisker of one of the greatest upsets for some time as the All Blacks were frankly awful. The chances of that happening again however aren't as unrealistic as you might think.

England are sitting pretty at 5/1 to win the contest, not as far-fetched as it would have sounded before last weekend, while the All Blacks are obviously still favourites. A draw, which don't forget that was very much on the cards until Conrad Smith struck, is 28/1.

There is safety in backing a first tryscorer, given that Paddy Power are offering a money back special if the first try is scored by a forward.

Leading the way on that front is of course Julian Savea at 13/2, but look out for Manu Tuilagi at 14/1 and Ben Morgan as an anytime scorer at 9/1.

We think it's going to be another close one, with New Zealand edging it again.

by around eight points.

South Africa v Wales: Given that Wales haven't defeated the Springboks since before the turn of the century, the odds of them succeeding this time around are understandably slim.

Wales are outsiders at 11/2 and a winning margin for South Africa by more than 13 points is more or less expected at 8/11.

Even the slimmest of Welsh wins, although unexpected, could bring high reward at 9/1 by 1-5 points.

Where else should you look? The first tryscorer market is rich. Bryan Habana leads the way at 6/1 while George North on the other side at 14/1 is likely to make an impact.

We're expecting South Africa though to continue their run of dominance at home by at least nine points.

Australia v France: What to expect after the Brisbane massacre? France have chopped and changed.

The Wallabies 27-point winning margin, if repeated, fetches odds of 17/2, but what if France with their rejuvenated pack do turn it around? 9/1 to win by 1-5 points, 16/1 to win by 6-10 points.

Look out in the first tryscoring market for Israel Folau at 5/1 and also Nick Cummins at 15/2.

Perhaps not a repeat of last week, but we fancy the Wallabies to win by 12 points.

Argentina v Ireland: The only hosts to be outsiders, Argentina worked tirelessly and brought a physical challenge to Ireland last weekend, yet fell short.

Ireland are therefore expected to win a bit bigger second time out, hence their status of 1/25 favourites. Given the abrasive atmosphere in Tucumán, a red card is on offer at 10/1.

We're backing Joe Schmidt's men to come through and win by 15 points.

Other June Test predictions:

Samoa v Italy: Samoa by 7!
Canada v Scotland: Scotland by 17!
USA v Japan: Japan by 10!
Fiji v Tonga: Fiji by 15!

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