Rugby World Cup
IRFU considers bidding for 2023 RWC
February 21, 2012
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Ireland Rugby Football Union chief executive Philip Browne has confirmed that they are considering submitting a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The showpiece tournament was hosted in New Zealand last year and will now journey to England for 2015 and then Japan in 2019. But with no venue yet confirmed for 11 years hence, Ireland may enter the race to host the tournament.
Ireland hosted games during the 1991 and 1999 World Cups but has not yet been the primary host for the global gathering.
"It's something that we've looked at in the past and coming back from New Zealand and seeing what they were able to do there, we said let's have a look at it again," Browne told the Irish Independent. "So that's all we're doing: having a think about it. It's a question ultimately of whether the Government wants to get involved in it or not. If they don't want to get involved in it then it doesn't happen."
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