The betting is close enough for what teams will reach the last four in Japan in a couple of weeks time, bar New Zealand who are a massive 1/8 to reach the semi-finals.
South Africa who play in the same pool as New Zealand are 1/2 to reach the semi-final stages. They have quality players such as Francois Louw, Frans Steyn, and Tendai Mtawarira all of whom were at the last two Rugby World Cups. England are 4/7 to make it to the semi-final stages and you couldn’t rule them out not doing so with the talent they have in their side. Current Six Nations Grand Slam Champions Wales are 8/13 to reach the semi-final stages and they have plenty of talent in their side with the likes of Gareth Davies, George North and Leigh Halfpenny. Australia are currently at even money to make it to the final four they have a lot of experience in their side they finished runners up in 2015 so they will be hoping to go one better here. Our very own Ireland are 11/8 to make it to the semi-finals. You can’t possibly rule them out but Ireland has never reached the semi-finals at a World Cup before.
France are 3/1 to make it to the semi-finals. Les Bleus are in a difficult Pool where they will have to play England and Argentina. So I wouldn’t be touching the 3/1 to make the semi-finals here. Scotland are probably a value bet at 5/1 considering at the last World Cup in England they narrowly lost out to Australia in the quarter-finals 35-34. From here on the odds rise drastically. Japan are 33/1 to reach the sem-finals, Fiji are 50/1, Georgia and Italy are 150/1, while bigger odds again USA 500/1, Tonga 500/1, Samoa 500/1, Uruguay 500/1.
Ireland probably are the value bet here as they will certainly get out of their pool. It will just all depend on how they perform in the quarter-final against either South Africa or New Zealand.