The wild and stunning landscape of the Ireland’s North-West surrounds Derry where Celtic Park has been the home of sport in the city for generations.
We’re ready to create something legendary. A showcase for rugby nations old and new. A tournament that will grow the game globally, promote the values, spirit and ethos of rugby and will capture the world’s imagination.
On the 13th December 1875, Ireland hosted its first rugby international – against England, in Dublin. In the 140 years since, the IRFU has played a prominent role in the development, playing and administration of rugby at an international level, while in turn, rugby has been a powerful, unifying force across the island of Ireland.
Now, as we submit our applicant response in a bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023, we believe Ireland is ready to stage a legendary tournament. One which would capture the imagination of the world, delivering an international sporting occasion of unique presence and lasting impact.
Ireland’s array of world-class, iconic stadiums, access to cutting-edge technology, established major tourism infrastructure and vibrant economy ensure it meets the criteria for the staging of an outstanding Rugby World Cup. It has the unstinting support of both Governments and the business community. Add to that, the indefinable mix of welcome, fun and friendship our people and diaspora, across the globe, bring to any gathering.
Commercially and financially, Ireland has everything in place to make the tournament a success. RWC 2023 is the pinnacle of our ambition in staging major international sporting events; a Rugby World Cup would be a truly historic event for Ireland and for rugby in Ireland. Our initial task is to deliver a world-class and compelling bid and beyond that, together with World Rugby, to stage a festival of rugby in 2023 which would be truly legendary.
Ireland 2023. Ready for the World.
Ireland 2023 Bid Oversight Board
Tradition, respect and passion are at the heart of Ireland’s rugby heritage, we bring this with us wherever Irish teams play and these have been key to Ireland’s golden period in international and European rugby over recent decades.
Having represented Ireland at four Rugby World Cups I can clearly see that Ireland has everything in place to host RWC 2023 – the venues, the transport and the accommodation. We are ready to bring the world to us, to share in our heritage and create a tournament in 2023 that would be both unique and legendary – a Rugby World Cup full of timeless memories for all.
Ireland 2023 Bid Ambassador
Rugby legends – Jack Kyle, Grand Slam winner in 1948, congratulates Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland’s second Grand Slam win, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 2009.
Ireland 2023 will be a tournament like no other, full of Irish spirit and commercial success, capturing the imagination of the world and helping to drive Rugby’s global momentum
Ireland is steeped in Rugby tradition and experience, as one of the sport’s founding Unions. We hosted our first Rugby international on the 13th of December 1875 against England.
Rugby has been a powerful unifying force that brings Irish people together, irrespective of their backgrounds.
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The Chairman of Ireland’s RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Dick Spring, today (Tuesday, November 15, 2017) formally announced Ireland’s entry into the ‘Candidate’ phase of the selection process to determine the host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The IRFU has assembled a world class team of outside experts supporting its own internal Commercial, Communications and Technical experts, under the direction of Kevin Potts, IRFU Chief Operating Officer, to mount Ireland’s campaign to host RWC 2023.
The team has extensive experience of bidding for major international sporting events and is now in the midst of compiling a compelling response to to World Rugby’s tender invitation.
The role of the Oversight Board is to approve bid strategy, oversee progress, liaise with the IRFU and both Governments and ensure the delivery of a ‘world class’ bid for RWC 2023 in Ireland.
If a rugby ground could tell stories, what stories Lansdowne Road would tell.
Hosting rugby internationals since 1878, it was re-developed in 2010 with a new capacity of 51,700.
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One of the iconic GAA stadiums in Ireland, located in one of the most scenic and beautiful parts of the country, a perennial favourite for visitors from all over the world.
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