In November 2016 the IRFU reinforced its commitment to staging the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Ireland with an impressive launch of its final bid phase centred on a dramatic and captivating film, Ready for the World, narrated by Liam Neeson.
The launch, which took place in the AVIVA Stadium, underlined the commitment of the Irish government and the Northern Ireland Assembly to the project, revealed the long-list of potential venues and brought voice to the passion people throughout the Island have for this monumental event.
Since the launch the bid team has delivered a series of all-island workshops across key areas covering infrastructure, security and legislation.
Central to this exercise the 12 long-listed venues, city councils and representatives of both governments were brought together to discuss host city delivery, while separate briefings took place with a focus on transport planning and strategy, security, legislation and accommodation and hosting.
Over the course of the five briefing days over 150 leaders in these areas were briefed on the project, with universal commitment and excitement displayed by all those who attended.
Speaking about the briefings, Kevin Potts, Director of the 2023 bid, said, “From the outset we knew that Ireland could deliver a tournament like no other. The support and encouragement from both governments, the entire population and indeed our Diaspora, has been unwavering and this commitment has been repeatedly echoed by those we briefed in the past weeks.
“The importance of securing the support of all of our potential host venues, city councils and those responsible for transport, security and legislation is immeasurable and a real sign that Ireland is truly excited about hosting this tournament. It will ensure a unique and captivating tournament which will be transformational for Ireland.”
The next milestone on the road to 2023 takes place in the coming weeks when the World Rugby Technical Review Group travel to Ireland to meet with the bid team, as they review Ireland’s hosting proposition in more detail.
Potts added, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to discuss our proposals in detail with World Rugby and to demonstrate that Ireland will deliver a unique, unforgettable and commercially successful tournament. We are confident that we are creating something transformational , a tournament the envy of the world, which will deliver memories for the world to share and serve as the catalyst for the next phase in the development of rugby as a truly global sport.”