The fall-out from Ireland’s failed bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup has continued today, after yesterday’s announcement that France will stage the tournament.
The Irish were the lowest ranked country in the official World Rugby recommendation last month, and yesterday received the fewest votes from the council members.
Ireland were favourites throughout the process, and many stretched so far as to say that the failure came as a major embarrassment.
Today, Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden spoke in the Seanad about his dismay at the handling of the case, stating that they had “made a bags of it”.
“I wouldn’t lose the Scottish vote, and I wouldn’t lose the Welsh vote. Where were they going? What kind of amateurs do they send out any more?
“They wouldn’t negotiate a piss-up in a brewery!”
Via The Journal.
This is not a unique view, as many are venting their frustrations at the failed bid.
However, for Irish Rugby as a whole, a line must be drawn under the entire process. Following the country’s comprehensive victory over the Springboks on Saturday, they face Fiji and Argentina over the coming weekends as they aim to go into the Six Nations unbeaten for the season.