Ireland was today confirmed as one of three candidates bidding to host Rugby World Cup 2023 having demonstrated within our application that we could meet key criteria critical to a viable bid.
Commenting on the announcement from World Rugby, Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland’s RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, said: “We very much welcome the formal announcement from World Rugby that Ireland’s application to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 has progressed to the final phase.
“We note that World Rugby will officially open the final process on November 1 and we look forward to detailing Ireland’s approach to this final phase of the process in the weeks following that announcement.
“Significant work has already been undertaken in the preparation of Ireland’s bid and this will continue apace as we enter this next phase.
“Given the level of support to date from all quarters including Governments, North and South, sporting organisations, in particular the GAA, and indeed the general public, I remain convinced that Ireland can mount a winning bid for what is one of the great occasions on the world sporting calendar.”