Ireland submit bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

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By Richard O'Reilly

The Ireland team bidding to host Rugby World Cup 2023 delivered a presentation to the World Rugby representatives in London today.

The delegation was led by The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD.

The Tao was joined by the President of the IRFU, Brian Orr, Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland's Bid Ambassador; Niamh Briggs, Captain, Ireland Women's Team

In addition to the live contributions, presentation  contained video support pieces featuring the likes of Bono and Liam Neeson

Commenting following the presentation Leo Varadkar TD, Taoiseach, said: "This bid represents the hopes and aspirations of the entire Island of Ireland and is focused firmly on the future of rugby and our communities.

It presents World Rugby with a compelling proposition, that combines all the advantages of a traditional Rugby market with the many opportunities of a new territory."

Brian O'Driscoll, Bid Ambassador said: "Ireland 2023 will truly be a "Tournament Like No Other" and central to this will be our focus on the players. We have put enormous time, energy and experience into looking at the demands a modern Rugby World Cup makes on players and teams.

This starts with world-class facilities and services. Facilities that put the players front and centre, allowing every player the opportunity to perform to his absolute potential. This is the players' opportunity to shine and Ireland will ensure they can live their dream."

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