'All-island bid' for Rugby World Cup

Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013
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A proposal for the Republic of Ireland to speak to sporting authorities in Northern Ireland about jointly hosting the Rugby World Cup has been given the green light.

'All-island bid' for Rugby World Cup
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."

© UTV News
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18 Comments
Iain in Belfast wrote (142 days ago):
Sean in Derry, its arrogance like that which makes me glad there isn't just one team. All we constantly hear is the whining about how the NI team isn't inclusive to all (which is rubbish). So we (NI fan's) should just pack it in and join up with a team which doesn't represent us (ROI). Great idea Sean, when are you appearing on mastermind. Maybe you are blinkered to the hypocracy here?
Sean in Skegness wrote (144 days ago):
Those guys are idiots, it is not only rugby where we have a great team, the ireland cricket team are doing us proud as well.
Alan in Whitehead wrote (145 days ago):
@Sean . We used to have one team , but the republic left . I would welcome them back , but dont think that they would want to . Plus we would need to build a new stadium to facilatate them coming back .
ARDS YEO in ARDS YEO wrote (145 days ago):
Who says unionists support england? Some of Ulsters best wear the green.. Gurny gobs will always gurn! Bring the world cup to IRELAND (north or south) i wanna see some powerful games
Sean in Derry wrote (145 days ago):
Its time for the soccer team to unite as well. Think of the teams Ireland could beat instead of having a team filled with uninterested players playing for the North and losing to San Marino.
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