There is nothing that’s excites a true sports gambling fan than a major tournament, whatever the sport. For rugby gambling enthusiasts and most other sports gambling fans for that matter major tournaments don’t come any bigger than a world cup, and the rugby world cup is now just a few weeks away. All the six nations sides have now emerged from their training camps and have started their warm up games, so what if anything can rugby gambling fans take from these games so far. Let’s start with Ireland, who have over recent years been a force to be reckoned with at international level in the six nation’s tournament and at provincial level in the European championship, but can they finally make their mark on the world cup this year. Irish supporters who enjoy gambling on rugby will be relatively pleased with their opening two games, particularly the opening game against Wales, although the win against Scotland was not entirely convincing. With a return match against Wales scheduled for 29th August at the Aviva stadium and then a trip to Twickenham the following weekend perhaps we will have a better idea of our chances when the important games start. Warm up games are of course a chance to play fringe players before selecting the final squad, so we should not necessarily read too much into the results of the first two games. Most Irish rugby gambling fans will want to see how the last game against England pans out before predicting a successful tournament, but the initial signs are promising. Hosts England opened their own series of warm up games with a good win over France, scoring three tries in the process with what looked like a very experimental side, so English rugby gambling fans will also be optimistic at this stage of the build-up. However when it comes to the rugby world cup all Northern Hemisphere supporters who enjoy gambling on rugby will know that the clear favourites will once again be New Zealand, with Australia and South Africa not far behind. To win a world cup any Northern Hemisphere side will probably need to beat two of these strong Southern Hemisphere opponents on the way, not an easy prospect for any side.