The Irish Rugby Football Union this morning formally announced its intention to submit a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Ireland.
Speaking at this morning’s announcement, which took place at a function in The Royal School, Co Armagh, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “I am delighted to formally announce the Government’s support, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Executive, to formally back the IRFU’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
“Ireland will put together a winning bid that will be impossible to resist.
“We have the fans, the stadiums, and the accessibility to make it a World Cup to remember. Irish people love our sport. We are passionate about sport and we celebrate it.”
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson added: “I fully support this bid by the IRFU to bring an elite international sporting event to the home of one of the powerhouses of world rugby.
“It would be a tremendous achievement to see the IRFU host the Rugby World Cup 2023.
“This bid shows the ambition of the Northern Ireland Executive and our determination to bring world class international sporting events to Northern Ireland.”