Italy hope to host RWC 2023

Date published: March 6 2015

The  Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have confirmed that they will throw their hat into the ring to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Unions can formalise their interest in May this year to host the global tournament after England and Japan.

Italy will host this year's Junior World Championship and did the same in 2011, with the country boasting a number of world-class stadiums.

Ireland, South Africa and the USA are also all interested in hosting the 2023 showpiece

"We will formalise our interest with World Rugby in May," said FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi.

"But I want immediately to confirm our intention to bid to host the World Cup in Italy in 2023.

"The growth of rugby in Italy in recent years, results obtained in the Six Nations and autumn Tests and the experiences with the Under-20s World Cup in 2011 and next June are just some fixed points behind the Italian bid.

"I am sure that today Italian rugby has everything you need to organise a memorable Rugby World Cup and that whole movement, in the next two years, will work to ensure that this dream can become a reality."