Will Rugby World Cup 2023 Answer Irelands Call 

Last weeks ‘Roar” looked at the French bid to host the Rugby World cup in 2023.

Today we look at the Irish claim, exactly one week before the Ireland 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid Presentation delegation present the emerald isle’s case to World Rugby, in London, on Monday September 25th, spearheaded by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD.

I would imagine that the Blarney Stone will be getting a fair bit of attention this week, but just in case that fails then  U2 and Bob Geldof will provide video pieces to strengthen the Irish cause, Geldof will recite the WB Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

Liam Neeson has also narrated the bids accompanying video so there is no shortage of big name backing.

The presentation team includes Dick Spring, Chairman, Ireland 2023 Oversight Board; Philip Browne, Chief Executive, IRFU; David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Philip Orr, President, IRFU; Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland’s Bid Ambassador and Niamh Briggs, Captain of Ireland Women’s Rugby Team

The team believe their presentation will reflect the vision and strong commercial credentials of Ireland’s proposition but also, critically, the creativity of the Irish people, which is what, they say, will make Ireland 2023 a tournament like no other.

The global distribution of Irish folk is a very important element of the bid, which   intends to demonstrate just how crucial they can be in assisting Ireland, and World Rugby, create a global stadium of 70 million people for rugby’s greatest showpiece, and in ensuring the eyes of the world will be focussed on Ireland and rugby for 6 solid weeks in 2023.

Twelve stadia have been designated for action north and south including the magnificent and iconic Croke Park

An enthusiastic team member told me

“We have spent more than 4 years assembling a world class bid and we are now very much looking forward to presenting a truly exciting and compelling vision, full of Irish spirit, to the Council on September 25th.”

Ireland are one of 3 countries presenting to World Rugby delegates in London on September 25th, the others being South Africa and France.

Each will have 30 minutes to make a formal presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

The final decision will be announced, following a vote involving the constituent Unions and associations of World Rugby, on November 15th.


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