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Ireland will not give up on bid

Wednesday, 1st November, 2017 4:37pm

Despite a serious knock-back during the week, the Ireland 2023 bid team is vowing to continue its dream of securing the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

It was announced this week that the Board of Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) had recommended that South Africa host the tournament, based on the results of the scoring system employed.

Ireland's bid placed third out of South Africa and France, leaving the odds of hosting in 2023 slim. The report stated that "all but two of the venues require significant levels of upgrade and/or installation of technology and telecoms infrastructure…capacity needs to be increased at all venues to meet the standard required".

Commenting on the announcement, Dick Spring, Chairman of the Ireland 2023 Bid Oversight Board, said: "While it is disappointing not to have received the initial recommendation from Rugby World Cup Board Limited, there is nothing in the report which is insurmountable and this is certainly not the end of the road. We absolutely believe Ireland can secure the tournament for 2023.

"On a first reading of the report, it is clear that the Evaluation Commission is impressed by the quality and detail of the bid put forward on behalf of Ireland. It is also clear from the report that Ireland has all the capabilities to host an outstanding Rugby World Cup in 2023 stating as it does …'any of the three candidates could host a successful Rugby World Cup'."

Spring and the board will now turn their attention to 15 November when the decision will be made at a meeting of the World Rugby Council.

He continued: "Ultimately, the decision rests with the council members of World Rugby, who are elected by rugby unions from across the globe. These are individuals and unions who have reacted positively to our message and vision for the tournament, as we criss-crossed the globe over the past two years. We will again, in the coming weeks, renew our vision to the council members – a commercially successful rugby tournament based on rugby's values of integrity and camaraderie, played in full stadia in the hearts of towns and cities," he concluded.

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