Below you will find Ireland's current tournament standings, updated after every fixture. You can toggle home and away fixtures, review offensive production, view defensive statistics and even check out how the team's first and second half performances differ.
Bet On Ireland's Rugby Games
Ireland has a long and proud history in the sport of rugby and played for the first time in an international match against England in 1875. They were one of the inaugural teams in the Home Nations Tournament (now the Six Nations) and have won the tournament thirteen times, while their record at the Rugby World Cup is not quite as impressive; the Irish have not made it past the quarter-finals in any of the eight tournaments held to date.
In spite of this, the Irish have performed pretty well since world-rankings were introduced in 2003. Ireland reached a peak of 2nd in 2015 and is never an easy prospect for rival teams. While the results don't always go in their favour, you can always count on an intense match against the Irish, and for that reason, they present a great option for sports bettors.
Head to Head Betting
It is always a good idea to do your research before betting head-to-head, ensuring you take into consideration a team's record against their opponents and also home and away form. Ireland's win rate against traditional giants New Zealand and South Africa is nothing to write home about, although their win percentages against Australia (33%) and England (36%) are decent considering they will always start the match as underdogs.
When placing bets head-to-head, make sure you consider the difference between the two-outcome and three-outcome markets. The three-outcome betting line includes a draw, which while not a common result is still a possibility, whereas the two-outcome line refunds your bet in the event a tied match occurs. The sensible punter will definitely choose the latter.
While the Rugby World Cup has not been a happy hunting ground for the Irish, they always have a genuine chance of winning the Six Nations tournament.
Coming up against teams with very similar rankings, including Scotland, Wales and France, the playing field is much more even and leads to some great contests. Believe it or not, you can get in early and bet on the outright winner market for the Six Nations up to a year before the event kicks off. England will always be up there at the top of the list of favourites, so you have a great opportunity to jump on Ireland at a great price. What's more, the prices will fluctuate heavily throughout the season so you can time your run and get the best odds available.
Regardless of whether Ireland is the favourite leading into a match, you can always get good odds on your team when you take a look at the handicap market.
Let's say Ireland is playing against Italy and are the clear favourites with odds of -200; a head-to-head bet isn't going to end in a big win. But should you bet on the Irish with their -9.5 handicap, you would receive odds of -110 if they win by ten points or more.
And it doesn't just work that way when Ireland are the favourites. In a match against the All Blacks, the Irish may have next to no chance in winning given how dominant the New Zealanders are, and their +400 odds may reflect that; however, if you were to place a wager on them at their handicap of +14.5, you would win your -110 bet as long as the All Blacks don't win by more than 15 points. If it starts raining and points are harder to come by, this wager is looking pretty good!
Speaking of weather, you'll need to look to the elements when you place a bet on the over/under line for total points. Many casual punters will tell you that betting on this line is largely about luck, however, there is a definite science to it. The bookmakers will choose a line, let's say 38.5, and you will get near 2/1 odds on the total points in the match being more or less than this figure. If you do your research, you can definitely win more than you lose here.
All of the top sportsbooks will provide bettors with the opportunity to place a live wager on rugby matches, and this presents a real opportunity to make money.
The best advice we can give you here is to ensure you take note of the original odds and lines before the match begins - bookmakers know what they are doing and you'll find that these numbers will more often than not prove to be pretty close to the actual result.
Let's say Ireland is playing a game against Scotland and the pregame odds rate them as almost equal favourites at -110. If the Scots get out to an early lead you will see the price for the Irish jump, and if you have done your research and are sure they will either come back and win or get within a certain margin, this is where you can turn your -110 into a +150.
Don't forget that you can also parlay your bet - this is a great way to bet in the traditional head-to-head fashion yet increase your odds significantly. Placing bets on two or more fixtures increases the risk and therefore increases the dividend, and you will receive much more than if you were to put on two separate wagers.
For example, Ireland may be playing a match against Canada and enter the game as the clear favourite, paying -350, while the All Blacks are paying the same price against England in their match. The potential payout isn't too large for either game individually, however, if you put both games together you would end up with a combined price of approximately -157.
Regardless of how you prefer to bet, you can count on us to provide you with the best odds and lines from a variety of the biggest online sports betting companies. With all of the information on this page, you should have the resources you need to win big on Irish rugby matches, so put your money down today and get ready to reap the rewards!