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6 years 7 months ago #30890

www1.skysports.com/rugby-union/news/3077...2023-rugby-world-cup

An all-Ireland bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup is to be officially unveiled on Friday.

Officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) will join representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish government to outline their ambition to jointly host the sport's showpiece event.

Both administrations have been assessing the feasibility of a bid for the last 10 months and it is understood an all-Ireland bid will be given the go ahead at an event in Armagh on Friday morning.

As well as the traditional rugby stadiums such as the Aviva in Dublin and the Kingspan at Ravenhill in Belfast, a 2023 World Cup in Ireland would also hope to utilise several Gaelic football venues, including the 82,300 capacity Croke Park in Dublin.

The Irish rugby team played their home matches in Croke Park between 2007 and 2010 while the Aviva stadium was being built on the site of the old Lansdowne Road ground.

Next year's Rugby World Cup will be hosted by England with Japan hosting the event in 2019.

In May, current Irish coach Joe Schmidt said an all-Ireland Rugby World Cup could replicate the success of his native New Zealand in its staging of the 2011 tournament.

"You have got the same population and the same kind of energy around sporting occasions and I think you have got the stadia," he said.


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6 years 7 months ago #30891

Presumably the GAA have signed off on this?

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6 years 7 months ago #30892

RogueXV wrote: Presumably the GAA have signed off on this?


Yeah, I imagine so. Should get an idea of which stadiums they plan to upgrade and use tomorrow.
I really hope they can spread it around the country as much as possible.

Even if it's a game between Tonga and Romania, places like Donegal or Wexford deserve to host something


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6 years 7 months ago #30893

Sorry to be a wee bit egoistic for ourselves, but don't you think it's the perfect occasion to redevelop a 15-20 000 seats stadium in Connacht, before talking about Donegal?
And can we do this in the Sportsground? (tier-2 and who knows, tier-3...)

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6 years 7 months ago #30894

connachta wrote: Sorry to be a wee bit egoistic for ourselves, but don't you think it's the perfect occasion to redevelop a 15-20 000 seat in Connacht, before talking about Donegal?


Of course it is, but there has to more counties including in hosting games than just the big cities.

*Also, off topic, but any redevelopment of the Sportsground needs to keep a standing section, and not behind the goals. Sitting at games is way less fun than standing


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6 years 7 months ago #30895

Seats may be a imperative demand of the IRB ; that's why I said this...

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6 years 7 months ago #30899

Why armagh? Did you play our first international there or something?

Regards seatting, there were lots of standing in the NZ world cup. And think I remember seeing some in France. However, yeah with the GAA stadium you would be needing at least 75% seatting I would expect. Plenty of time left to do up the grounds though.

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6 years 7 months ago #30911

I think I remember reading something about the new 45,000 seater Páirc Uí Chaoimh being used in the 2023.
The IRB have minimum seating requirements for the QF's, SF's and Final.
The development of Cork would allow for QF's in Limerick, Belfast, RDS and one other with SF's in PUC and the Aviva and the final in Croke Park.

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6 years 7 months ago #30912

I'd imagine the RDS would be unused when there stadiums in the city with twice and three times the capacity (of the redeveloped RDS), and plenty bigger all round the country. Also the semis and final would likely all be in Croke Park (as per 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 WCs where the lead stadium held all these matches to maximise attendance and revenue), with Croker, Lansdowne, Cork and Belfast hosting a quarter final each, The 3rd place playoff might be in Lansdowne too or it could go to Belfast in the interests of making it truly cross-border.

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6 years 7 months ago #30913

Stadia likely to be on the list as follows:
Dublin: Croke Park and Lansdowne Road.
Belfast: are they going ahead with the new joint GAA/IRFU/IFA stadium or not? If not Casement Park and/or Ravenhill.
Cork: Pairc ui Caoimh.
Limerick: Gaelic Grounds and Thomond.
Galway: Pearse Stadium.
Kilkenny: Nowlan Park.
Tullamore: O'Connor Park.
with other possibilities being Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney, Clones, and possibly something in Derry?

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6 years 7 months ago #30915

I'd like the redeveloped Sportsground in here. IRFU has to back Connacht Rugby up

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6 years 7 months ago #30916

mary hinge wrote: Stadia likely to be on the list as follows:
Dublin: Croke Park and Lansdowne Road.
Belfast: are they going ahead with the new joint GAA/IRFU/IFA stadium or not? If not Casement Park and/or Ravenhill.
Cork: Pairc ui Caoimh.
Limerick: Gaelic Grounds and Thomond.
Galway: Pearse Stadium.
Kilkenny: Nowlan Park.
Tullamore: O'Connor Park.
with other possibilities being Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney, Clones, and possibly something in Derry?


(Belfast joint stadium has been a dead duck for years, hence Ravenhill being rebuilt and Windsor Park and Casement in the offing).

Times gives the following stadiums as "dead certs":

The main stadium: Croke Park (already open to foreign sports).

The 4 rugby stadiums: Lansdowne, the RDS (!), Thomond, Ravenhill.

The 6 stadiums voted in GAA congress to be made available:

Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Casement Park, Semple Stadium, the Gaelic Grounds, Pearse Stadium and McHale Park.

This meets the minimum number of stadiums required (11).

There has been lots of mention in the media about Killarney, and a little about Kilkenny. Not a whisper about Tullamore. If other venues are added the obvious geographical gaps are Derry and the South-East.

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6 years 7 months ago #30926

The issue is not only stadium size. But also, hotel rooms availible.

Hence why Killarney being mentioned. Plenty of hotel space. Kilkenny, not too sure about. Tullamore, doubt much rooms

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6 years 3 weeks ago #35602

Deadline over.

Ireland, France, Italy, South Africa confirmed to be bidding.

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6 years 3 weeks ago #35604

Tough call there but I've got to think Ireland is a long shot. With it in England this year they may be reluctant to award it to a fellow home nation and with it in Japan in 2019 there's no need to consider a 2nd tier country like Italy. France held it most recently of the other two so absent a FIFA like pay off I'd bet on South Africa since it will be nearly 30 years by that time since they last hosted it.

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6 years 3 weeks ago #35605

True, but as someone mentioned.

The Lions will be in SA 2022. Would be strange to have RWC 2023 year after in same location.

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