The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be the tournaments 10th installment. It will also take place on the 200th anniversary of the invention of the game, so it’s a massive cause for celebration. Ireland are hoping to host the party and are promising a tournament like no other.
The bid promises a tournament full of Irish spirit. Ireland has a fantastic reputation from tourists that have visited here. We have been voted the world’s most generous hosts. 10.5 million tourists visited Ireland in 2016. The Irish hotel industry has already formally agreed an unprecedented price charter for 2023 with over 2.4 million hotel beds guaranteed within an agreed price mechanism. So rugby mad fans won’t be charged extortionate prices for attending a World Cup in Ireland.
The Irish bid promises to connect rugby to new audiences worldwide by engaging the 70 million strong Irish diaspora that are spread across the globe. In the United States alone over 33 million people state Irish as their ethnic identity, with over four million having an Irish parent or grandparent. 14% of the Canadian population is part of the Irish diaspora. Gathering the Irish diaspora has worked in the past, with over 250,000 visitors to Ireland in 2013 in response to a diaspora tourism initiative. A World Cup in Ireland has the potential to shine a light on rugby throughout the world not just in the countries competing.
The 12 stadiums proposed by the Irish bid all have a rich sporting history and are in the heart of major towns and cities. This will no doubt guarantee electric atmospheres at games. Imagine the scenes seeing the Springboks at the newly refurbished Páirc Uí Chaoimh or seeing the All Blacks return to Thomond Park. All the stadiums proposed for Ireland 2023 are secured and in place. Eliminating worries about construction costs and meeting deadlines.
Ireland have a strong team trying to secure the Rugby World Cup in 2023. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD joined former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll, IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne and Ireland 2023 Bid Chairman Dick Spring in London on Monday for Ireland's official bid presentation to the World Rugby Council.
The Irish bid is strong but they face stiff competition from France and South Africa. The host nation must pay World Rugby €135million to stage the tournament. However, it has been revealed the French bid has offered €170 million in an attempt to secure the tournament for themselves. The Irish offer hasn’t been revealed yet but is expected to be more than offered by the previous host of the tournament.
World Rugby will announce the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup on November 15th.