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Ireland takes another step towards RWC staging

By Frank Quinn
(Thomond Park: named as one of the possible venues for RWC 2023)
THE significance of Ireland hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023 is massive for this island and today they submitted the formal bid document (Candidature File) promising a “tournament like no other, full of Irish spirit, that will capture the imagination of the world and help to drive Rugby’s global momentum.”
The Candidature File is a massively detailed document in which the Irish bid team chronicles Ireland’s outstanding attributes as a host for the Rugby World Cup in 2023, including all the key Government commitments required by World Rugby.
The 990-page document sets out the plans that will deliver unprecedented commercial success and help unlock and engage new audiences for Rugby, including through the infrastructure of the worldwide Irish Diaspora. The Candidature File, was submitted to World Rugby headquarters by a delegation led by ‘BID KID’ Alex Place, from Co. Antrim.
The 11 year old was one of 120 children, carrying flags to represent every Rugby playing nation of the world, who joined with Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland’s RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Stephen Hilditch, President, Irish Rugby Football Union, Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brian O’Driscoll, Bid Ambassador, Joe Schmidt Ireland Head Coach as well as members of all the Irish international Rugby Teams to hand deliver the landmark document.
Dick Spring, Chairman, RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, stated: “This bid represents the hopes and aspirations of the entire Island and is focussed very firmly on the future, as symbolised by the children who were front and centre of the bid submission today.
” It presents World Rugby with a compelling proposition that combines all the advantages of a traditional Rugby market with the many opportunities of a new one.
“Rugby is hugely popular in Ireland and growing, from this platform Irish sports fans will light up the tournament in the manner they have lit up so many international events around the world over the years, making it memorable for all.”
Also adding their support for the bid were the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, Sir Malcolm McKibbin, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Stephen Hilditch, President, Irish Rugby Football Union who said that “our bid combines the operational benefits of a small, but dynamic and influential island with the exciting possibilities of an unprecedented international reach for World Rugby. It is a thrilling prospect for all.”

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