Irish sports gambling fans, particularly supporters of the Ireland rugby team have an exciting weekend ahead. The Six Nations rugby tournament is notorious among rugby gambling enthusiasts for being difficult to forecast, particularly the first weekend matches when teams can often look rusty and get caught out. Irish rugby fans will therefore have been delighted by the flying start made by Ireland in the first half last weekend at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Long term exponents of gambling on rugby will know that a visit to Cardiff is never an easy game, so a 30-3 lead after the first 40 minutes was a remarkable score and certainly not one generally predicted. Wales had a disastrous Autumn series, but they are the reigning Six Nations champions and have a very talented side at their disposal, a fact they amply demonstrated in a pulsating comeback in the second half during which they outscored Ireland by 19-0. This match was a perfect example of why gambling on rugby is never easy, and both sides showed us that they are capable of beating anybody on their day. Next up for Ireland is of course the side everyone wants to beat, and England will inevitably get a hot reception at the Aviva stadium on Sunday. Expert rugby gambling fans will know that it is ten years since England won in Dublin, but this new England side look to be on a high at the moment having followed up their extraordinary victory over the All Blacks in their last match of the Autumn series with an equally impressive victory over a rejuvenated Scotland side last weekend. This looks like a match for all Irish sports gambling fans to savour and may well be the deciding match of this year’s tournament. Both sides will now feel that the Triple Crown is within reach at the very least for the winners in Dublin, and then who knows? This year by a twist of fate the tournament favourites France have to play both Ireland and England away from home, a situation which Six Nations rugby gambling fans will know often favours the home side in a battle of equals. Let’s not forget that Wales could still upset the applecart and go on to win all their remaining matches and retain the championship, it’s not all over yet.