Gloucester fans betting on success with Hanson
The England rugby Premiership season is barely underway, and already gamblers will be getting long odds from betting sites on anyone other than Saracens or Wasps lifting the trophy by the end of the season.
However, those in the West Country are quietly confident that Gloucester could have a surprise up their sleeve, particularly with the announcement that the team will be bolstered by Australian international James Hanson.
The 29 year old hooker from Brisbane will be joining the Cherry and Whites immediately, and will add valuable depth and experience to their front row.
Who is James Hanson?
Hanson is one of those players who seems to have been around forever, so it might come as some surprise that he only recently celebrated his 29th birthday. He first came to prominence back in 2006, when he played for Australia under-19s. Since then, he has made 12 appearances for the full national team, having made his debut five years ago.
This will be the first time he has played in the English Premiership, but he told the Gloucester that he has been keeping a close eye on the club’s fortunes and watching some of their games this season.
A mixed start
If this is really the case, it would be interesting to hear, off the record, what he feels he is getting into. Gloucester got the season off to the best possible start, with a shock win over defending champions Exeter in the dying seconds of the match. Since then, however, back to back losses against Harlequins and Leicester have suggested that the club will be back to “also ran” status and that it will be all they can do to avoid relegation.
An outside shot for gamblers
If Hanson really can make a difference, it will be a tantalizing prospect for rugby betting fans. There are a large variety of rugby betting sites out there, but one factor that they all have in common is their belief that Gloucester are rank outsiders for the championship, with one bookmaker offering odds as long as 66/1.
If that sounds a little too ambitious, Gloucester only need to finish in the top four to make the playoffs, and at 11/1, this could be the more tempting bet. It really is difficult to see beyond the top two teams when it comes to who will be outright winner – a fact reflected by Saracens being offered at evens or slightly odds on, Wasps at 3/1 and nobody else getting in the picture.
Of course, there is a lot of rugby to be played between now and the end of the season. Looking to the more immediate future, Gloucester have a great opportunity to get back to winning ways against under fire Worcester on Friday. The Warriors have had a torrid start to the season, and are currently win-less and propping up the foot of the table. Bookmakers have Gloucester as odds on favorites at 2/11, while you can get 51/10 on a shock win for Worcester.