Ireland's 2023 World Cup Hopes Have Received A Huge Boost

Centre star Brian O’Driscoll promotes Ireland’s RWC bid

They say that an unprecedented investment from Ireland's government for the £120 million tournament fee, as well as financial backing from Irish American businesses, meant that they were confident they would guarantee the biggest profit for World Rugby, compared to the bids from other two hopefuls France and South Africa.

France made the bold claim that their bid would generate the most revenue for organisers Rugby World Cup.

"In a world facing the threat of polarisation, intolerance and indifference, South Africa is best poised to demonstrate that rugby can break barriers, create hope and unite humanity. We've agreed that we'll underwrite the tournament costs". We're not happy giving you one welcome. "We have also passed legislation through parliament with cross-party support".

"I'll be envious of players in Ireland getting to play in a World Cup in their own country".

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South Africa as a country would also prosper commercially, financially and in terms of job creation and global profile. "However, she has written to World Rugby, supporting our bid, and assuring them that the United Kingdom Government is behind it too".

South African Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux said: "We were asked to provide eight venues, the smallest of which must have a minimum capacity of 15000, but we offer eight venues - goal built for rugby and requiring no upgrading - with the smallest one offering a fully seated capacity of 43500".

After the presentations by the three nations bidding for the event - France and South Africa have also registered interest - the bids will be considered by the Rugby World Cup Technical Review Group, who will publish their recommendations on October 31.

Tomorrow could prove to be a very big day in the history of Irish sport as a delegation from Ireland's bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup head to London to make a final presentation to the World Rugby Council. The victor needs 20 votes, with 39 available.

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