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Ireland set to bid for RWC 2023

18th November 2013 15:55

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Leo Varadkar

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Ireland's sports minister Leo Varadkar has told an International Rugby Board conference he would like the country to bid to host the 2023 World Cup.

2015's competition will be hosted by England while 2019's showpiece heads to Japan, with Varadkar admitting he is keen to get a chance.

"I think Ireland is very well placed to host the Rugby World Cup," he said before revealing he will seek approval from cabinet on Tuesday.

"The next step for me is to go to cabinet tomorrow (Tuesday) and to seek authorisation with a view to putting together the bid.

"It's probably the biggest event a country like Ireland could do, we're too small for the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and for that reason it would engender enormous national pride.

"The second thing is that even during the very difficult times of the Troubles, rugby in Ireland was a unifying sport. For us in Ireland, it would just be a symbol of how far we've come from the bad times to the better times now."

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