Irish sports gambling fans who enjoy gambling on rugby will undoubtedly be taking a keen interest in the progress of their teams in the new restructured European competitions. Irish teams have historically performed very well in Europe over recent years so Irish rugby gambling fans will be optimistic that they will be able to continue that success in the new format. The Champions Cup this year features Leinster, Munster and Ulster, with Connacht competing in the Challenge Cup. Last weekend’s first round games certainly produced some exceptional rugby according to all reports and rugby gambling fans will have seen some very close games, none more so than Munster’s win away at Sale Sharks 26-27. Away wins are usually hard to come by in this competition so Munster will be pleased with their start. Leinster also had a good win at home to Wasps in Round 1, and will be hoping for another win in their first away game on Sunday at Castres. Unfortunately Ulster suffered a loss in their first match away to Leicester Tigers, and as rugby gambling fans will know their second round match today at home against Toulon will not be any easier. Any win against the French giants Toulon is always a prized achievement so we wish them every success. Meanwhile Connacht capitalised on their good start to the Pro 12 season with a 48-12 home win against La Rochelle last week in the Challenge Cup, and travel to Exeter Chiefs today hoping to continue in their vein of form. Irish sports gambling enthusiasts love their rugby and the European competitions always offer good rugby gambling opportunities for the home teams. Let’s hope the national side can do as well in the upcoming Autumn internationals and of course the Six Nations in the new year.