Ireland is undoubtedly a country that enjoys their sport, and sports gambling in Ireland takes many forms. Most popular of course remains gambling on horse racing, followed by football, but enthusiasm for a sport tends to increase with success and therefore it is not unexpected that gambling on rugby is also a popular pastime. Irish rugby has been through an extremely successful period over recent years and last season’s triumph in the Six Nations championship was a fitting reward for the international side and the provincial sides which form the sound basis for Irish rugby. Irish fans of gambling on rugby will also be pleased with the results achieved during a successful tour to Argentina and now have a couple of months to take stock of what has been a long but successful season before the new season starts in the autumn. Next year is of course a World Cup year and as current Six Nations champions much will be expected of the Irish team even without their talisman Brian O’ Driscoll, who has now retired. Clearly all the northern hemisphere teams will hope to put down a marker against their southern hemisphere rivals before the tournament starts and this year’s autumn internationals therefore become more important for rugby gambling fans to assess their chances. Ireland face both South Africa and Australia in November so Irish sports gambling fans will have a better idea of their chances before the end of the year. Although gambling on rugby will never compete with horse racing and football there is no doubt that the success of the provinces in Europe and the international team in the Six Nations has raised the profile of rugby gambling in Ireland.