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Ireland Complete RWC2023 Bid As O’Driscoll Dismisses French Idea Of All Teams Staying To The End

Ireland have put forward their bid presentation to the World Rugby Council to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London.

An inclusive bid incorporating the north and south of Ireland, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was part of the delegation present in London alongside IRFU Chief Executive David Sterling and also including Niamh Briggs and bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll.

Their presentation included a video which had a voice-over from Briggs which focussed on the passion of the Irish.

She said:

“We are drummers, we’re the rattlers – we’re a noisy bunch. We went viral before the web. For every one at home we number twelve abroad.”

The video concluded with footage of Bono on stage with U2 at Croke Park celebrating the fact that Ireland have bid for the tournament.

Additionally, Bob Geldof was used in a separate video as he read sections of William Butler Yeats; ‘Lake Isle of Innisfree’ where he also said:

“Seventy million are waiting for the world to arrive.”

While France’s bid championed an idea that they would invite all teams to stay until the end of the tournament, Brian O’Driscoll was keen to shoot down that notion when asked about it by a French journalist.

O’Driscoll said:

“From a player’s perspective having played in four World Cups, I don’t know if I would necessarily want to hang around after being knocked out of a tournament for another two or three weeks watching other teams go well.

“Personally, when you’ve had disappointment you just want to go home, get a week away on holidays and then start the rest of the season.

“So each to their own but that wouldn’t personally be for me.”

Ireland’s bid is seen as a front-runner with the bookies offering odds of 4/11 on the IRFU bid, 3/11 on South Africa and 11/2 on France.

The decision is announced on November 15.

Nick Heath, Pundit Arena

SEE ALSO: FRANCE PUT LOMU’S SONS FRONT AND CENTRE OF 2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP BID

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