Ireland unveiled their bid to host the 2023 World Cup on Tuesday, and the twelve stadiums put forward – eight of which are GAA-owned – appear to put Ireland in a strong position, although bids from South Africa and France are also to be considered.
If the infrastructure doesn’t impress you though, the promotional video, narrated by Liam Neeson, surely will…
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) November 15, 2016
The world has now had time to digest the bid, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive both at home and abroad.
Twitter, as ever, proved a useful medium to voice such approval.
— Doug Howlett (@DougHowlett) November 15, 2016
an All-Ireland bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup – very interesting indeed! #ireland2023
— Guntur Dwiarmein (@GunturDw1) December 5, 2014
Ireland are bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Cos of the extreme heat in Co Kerry games being proposed in air-conditioned stadiums..
— robert kitson (@robkitson) December 5, 2014
I have to say, I would be STUNNED if I'm not asked to become an RWC23 bid ambassador. #Ireland2023
— Ross O'Carroll-Kelly (@RossOCK) November 15, 2016
— Sean Cronin (@SeanCronin2) November 15, 2016
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) December 5, 2014
Ireland has just formerly confirmed its bid to host 2023 rugby World Cup. Think it would be a great host nation. Right size, right passion
— owenslotTheTimes (@owenslot) December 5, 2014
Delighted with Ireland's bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and that Killarney is included in the 12 proposed stadiums in the bid!#Ireland2023
— Michael Healy-Rae (@MHealyRae) November 15, 2016
Unreal work! https://t.co/XL7LsQvO60
— Cian Healy (@ProperChurch) November 15, 2016
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) November 15, 2016
— Kilkenny GAA (@KilkennyCLG) November 15, 2016
I dare you not to get excited about this if you're Irish or a rugby fan or just a person! https://t.co/Wy112mon9t
— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) November 15, 2016
As is always the case, the bid wasn’t warmly accepted by all for bizarre reasons in some instances.
— Paul Tait (@Argentina_2027) December 4, 2014
Ultimately Ireland flanker Jordi Murphy summed it up the reaction to such negativity best. The flanker will be out of rugby for up to nine months with a knee injury, but will likely be a key member of Ireland’s leadership group by the time 2023 rolls around;
Bizzare seeing any negative comments about the 2023 World Cup bid. Would be incredible for the sport and Ireland if successful #Ireland2023
— Jordi Murphy (@Jordimurphy) November 15, 2016
And so say all of us.
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