When online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au opened Australia at $1.20 to win rugby league’s Four Nations tournament, we thought they were certainties, but a crippling injury toll has seen the Kangaroos unwanted in betting and out to $1.30 to take the title.

New Zealand have come in from $5.00 to $4.40 and loom as the Aussies biggest threat with more than three times the money placed on the Kiwis compared to the favourites.

Even without Sam Burgess, England’s price of $15 has been well and truly snapped up with the Poms backed into $10.

“Who would’ve thought that even England have had more money wagered on them than the Kangaroos? Punters don’t want to go near the Aussies, who’ll be fielding a near second string side,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.

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Four Nations Champion

(prices in brackets from 17/9/14)

$1.30 Australia (out from $1.20)

$4.40 New Zealand (in from $5.00)

$10 England (in from $15)

$101 Samoa (out from $91)