Ireland Enters 'Candidate' Stage Of Rugby World Cup 2023 Bid

Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 has been officially launched by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Sports Minister Shane Ross.

Ireland is now entering the 'Candidate' phase of the selection process.

The launch event was also attended by Northern Ireland's deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, as well as Chairman of Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board Dick Spring and former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll, who is also on the Oversight Board.

Speaking at the launch, the Taoiseach emphasised Ireland's unrivalled international reputation and welcoming approach: "For many years our sporting ambassadors have travelled the world bringing colour, passion and friendship to sporting events everywhere.

"Now we want to bring the world to Ireland. We want the world to experience this colour, this passion, this friendship - here at home, with us. Ireland is waiting with open arms to welcome rugby fans from all over the world, to make Rugby World Cup 2023 the event of a lifetime, to deliver lifelong memories on and off the pitch. Ireland is ready for the World."

Also speaking at the event, Minister McGuinness said: "The 2023 Rugby World Cup bid is a bid for all the people of Ireland and the Executive will make every effort to make it a winning bid. We have a proven track record of hosting major global events including the G8, Giro d'Italia, MTV Music Awards, the World Police and Fire Games, the Clipper round the World Yacht Race and the Irish Open Golf Championship.

"This is a collective effort and I commend the GAA for placing its grounds at the disposal of the tournament, a key factor in Ireland's ability to bid for the tournament."


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