Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013
An all-Ireland bid is being considered to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. (© Pacemaker)
Irish Sports Minister Leo Varadkar announced on Monday that an all-island bid could be in with a good chance, given that pitches and GAA stadiums on both sides of the border could be used.
He told UTV the plan was put to the Cabinet on Tuesday morning.
"I got authorisation to continue to engage with the Irish Rugby Football Union and the ministers in Northern Ireland about it," he said.
"So, yeah, a very positive response. We still need to do some of the financial modelling, but it looks like all systems are go."
Northern Ireland Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said in a statement: "I am aware of the bid and have been involved in a number of stakeholder meetings about it.
"Support for the bid will require Executive approval as well as support from the governing bodies of GAA and rugby."
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