This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: June 17 2016

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

The June internationals once again dominate our thinking and we hope you had a positive opening week on the rugby betting front. Did anyone pick Ireland and England to beat the Springboks and Wallabies?

Paddy Power has prices up for all our matches so without further ado, let's pick out the standout bets in rugby union over the next few days. Good luck.

June Internationals

New Zealand v Wales

Warren Gatland's charges surprised all and sundry by delivering a competitive performance in Auckland last weekend and even led at half-time before the All Blacks took control in the game's latter stages to clinch the win.

A draw in this game is at the incredible odds of 55/1. If Wales can do in 80 minutes what they did for two thirds of last weekend's Test then that looks worth a bet as well asa Wales win at 11/1.

All Blacks skipper Kieran Read is in fine form and also looks worth a flutter at 16/1 to be the first try-scorer while an All Blacks win by between 22 and 28 points is at 9/2.

Australia v England

England have already made history with last weekend's win over the Wallabies in Brisbane but will look to go one better in Melbourne and in doing so secure their first-ever series win in Australia.

Australia are at odds of 4/5 to level the series while England are evens. We also think it's worth it to put a wager on Jonathan Joseph to be the last try-scorer which is at odds of 16/1 while Bernard Foley is at 25/1 to achieve the same feat.

South Africa v Ireland

The Boks are with their backs to the wall after last weekend's shock defeat in Cape Town while that result means Joe Schmidt's Ireland can become the first Home Nation to win a series on South African soil if they win in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Despite their loss in the series opener, Allister Coetzee's charges are still favourites to win this Test at odds of 1/5 while Ireland are a handy option at 7/2.

A Bok try as the opening score is at 4/1 while a try on debut for Quinn Roux, during the 80 minutes is worth a bet if you're daring. 

Argentina v France

Los Pumas face a weakened France side as Guy Noves is without some of key first-choice players, who are on duty for their respective clubs in the Top 14 semi-finals this weekend.

A safe bet would be to go with Argentina as odds are at 1/9 for them to win should you however fancy a risky bet and back Les Bleus with odds on 11/2.

Japan v Scotland

The men from the Far East will be no walkover when they host Scotland in Tokyo in the first of two Tests. 

Interim Japan coach Mark Hammett's men will however be a brave option to back with odds on 11/2 while your safer option would be the Scots on 1/9. 

Other June Test predictions:

Georgia v Tonga: Georgia backed for the win with odds on 13/10.
Fiji v Samoa: Fiji are the underdogs with odds backing them at 8/11 for a win.
USA v Italy: Italy by 10!
Canada v Russia: Canada by at least 7!

South Africa A v England Saxons

The Saxons had too much ammunition for their hosts last week and although the South Africa A side have made multiple changes, we expect the tourists to take this one as well.

A Saxons triumph by an exact winning margin of 10 points looks enticing at 30/1.

Top 14 semi-finals

Clermont v Racing 92

Clermont will face this year's Champions Cup finalists, Racing 92, in the first semi-final. 

Racing should provide stiff competition for the side that finish in pole position in the Top 14 table at the end of the regular season and a good backing at odds on 9/1 to beat Clermont by 13 points or more.

While a win for Clermont with less than 13 points is stacked at 6/5 and an unlikely draw is at 13/1.

Toulon v Montpellier: Toulon to win by more than 13 points is stacked at 16/5.

U20 World Championship

Ireland U20 v Argentina U20: An Ireland victory's odds are on 6/5.

England U20 v South Africa U20: South Africa aren't favourites heading into this one with odds for a victory for them on 15/8.