The Irish Rugby Football Union today formally announced its intention to submit a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Ireland.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive, both of whom pledged their support for the tournament bid.
“I am delighted to formally announce the Government’s support, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Executive, to formally back the IRFU’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup,” said Irish prime minister Enda Kenny.
“Ireland will put together a winning bid that will be impossible to resist. We have the fans, the stadiums, and the accessibility to make it a World Cup to remember. Irish people love our sport. We are passionate about sport and we celebrate it.
“We want to share the Irish sporting experience with the world by inviting the world to Ireland. I’m absolutely confident that Ireland will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The Government will provide its full support to make it happen.”
“I fully support this bid by the IRFU to bring an elite international sporting event to the home of one of the powerhouses of world rugby,” Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson added.
“It would be a tremendous achievement to see the IRFU host the Rugby World Cup 2023.
“This bid shows the ambition of the Northern Ireland Executive and our determination to bring world class international sporting events to Northern Ireland.
“Northern Ireland has demonstrated that whatever the event, whatever the occasion, we deliver. Regardless of whether it is cycling, golf, the World Police and Fire Games and now rugby, I have no doubt that this will be a resounding success both on and off the field.
“Infrastructure is key to this bid and the Northern Ireland Executive has already invested