Sports gambling in Ireland has never been more popular, and recent results in the Rugby World Cup have given the Irish rugby gambling fans an enormous boost. The form of Ireland in this world cup has been tremendous, and their win against Australia has really changed the whole structure of the tournament. Most rugby commentators expected Ireland to reach the quarter finals, but very few expected their progress from the pool matches to be as pool winners, which now seems increasingly likely provided of course that they can beat Italy next weekend. Irish fans gambling on rugby can now look forward to a quarter final against Wales or Samoa instead of the predicted might of South Africa, and on the form shown so far in this tournament most rugby experts would probably expect to see Ireland in the semi finals against England or France. Ireland’s win against Australia has also effectively guaranteed that there will be a northern hemisphere side in the final, with New Zealand, Australia and South Africa now all in the other half of the draw. There is of course a long way to go in this tournament, but Irish sports gambling fans could now see Ireland finally shake off their hitherto disappointing record in rugby world cups, and even look forward to a possible appearance in the final. What odds could rugby gambling fans have got of that possibility before this tournament started. New Zealand of course remain firm favourites to win the world cup on their own soil, particularly after they have now comfortably despatched their recent bogey team in the form of France, but history tells us that New Zealand can be beaten particularly in the world cup knock out stages, so Irish sports fans gambling on rugby could now be asking themselves what price a first world cup win for Ireland. Worth a gamble maybe?.