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Cian Healy’s Response To Ireland Missing Out On 2023 RWC Will Cheer Up All Irish Fans

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Ireland missed out on the hosting rights to the 2023 Rugby World Cup today, after France topped the polls ahead of South Africa in second place.

Despite the Rainbow Nation earning the official recommendation of World Rugby two weeks ago, there was talk coming into today that this advice may not be heeded, as proved to be the case.

This comes as a major disappointment to Irish Rugby, who now must go back to the drawing board. However, this week has not been a complete disaster for the union, after the national team dismantled the Springboks on Saturday, winning by a record 35 points.

Dublin , Ireland - 11 November 2017; Bundee Aki, right, and Rhys Ruddock of Ireland after the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

They now look to kick on a finish 2017 on a high as they face Fiji and Argentina.

This team has seen steady improvement under Joe Schmidt, recording wins over the top teams since their 2015 World Cup exit at the hands of the Pumas. Victories over New Zealand, England, Australia and more ensure that they are very much realistic contenders for the 2019 showpiece event in Japan. Add a favourable draw and schedule into the equation, and the Irish could well be dark horses to claim the Webb Ellis trophy.

Upon hearing today’s news that France will host the 2023 tournament, Irish loosehead prop Cian Healy took to Twitter with a wave of optimism for the coming World Cup cycle.

To be fair, most Irish rugby fans would prefer to be entering 2023 as reigning champions rather than hosts…

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.