For many Irish sports gambling fans the start of the six nations rugby tournament is always eagerly awaited, and gambling on rugby will be big business over the next few weeks. Rugby is one of the sports in which Ireland often pitch above their weight and certainly over recent years have been extremely successful at both international and provincial level. This success has of course led to greater interest in the sport across the whole country and rugby gambling is now one of the most popular winter sports gambling activities. According to many experts Ireland actually start the year’s tournament as favourites, and Saturday’s win over Italy was a good start even if it was not spectacular. Irish rugby gambling fans will be hoping for a more exciting performance next weekend when they take on France at home, even though the win over Italy made it eight wins in a row. Clearly Ireland have learnt how to win without necessarily playing spectacular rugby. If Ireland are to win the six nations in this world cup year they will need to beat Wales in Cardiff and England at home as well as France, so their tournament has only just started and there are tougher tests ahead. For many rugby gambling fans the surprise of this weekend’s games must have been the comparative ease with which England beat Wales in the cauldron that is the Millennium Stadium, particularly when many England rugby fans were worried by an extremely long injury list before the game. Scotland also showed great improvement in Paris and it is clear that this year’s tournament will be close. This is a big year for sports gambling fans who enjoy their rugby and it will be a long season for the top players. We look forward to some great games and wish Ireland well.