For sports gambling fans who follow rugby this week sees the start of the build up towards the six nations championship of 2014, which starts on 1st February. At this stage we expect to hear the details of the elite squads being announced by the team coaches, although injuries can and probably will affect the final playing sides. Ireland start their campaign at home on Sunday the 2nd February against Scotland, a match most pundits would expect them to win but Irish rugby gambling fans may not have high hopes this year beyond a mid-table finish. As fans of gambling on rugby will know home advantage is often extremely important in international rugby, particularly the six nations tournament, and Ireland this year must play both England and France away from home. Before that Ireland have to get a result at home against the current champions Wales in their second match of the tournament to put them in with a shout of a shot at the Triple Crown at least. Some rugby gambling enthusiasts will be looking for Ireland to start blooding new players this season with a view to the World Cup in 2015, when many established stars of recent years may well have gone past their best. Wales have a young side going really well, and England are in the process of rebuilding for 2015 but struggling to find consistency. We all know that gambling on France is always a risk nowadays in spite of the success of their clubs, so they will as always be the dark horses. Certainly most rugby gambling fans will expect at least one spectacular performance from France it is just a question of which team is the victim this year. Let’s hope it’s not Ireland in Paris.