Bono and Bob add ‘ruck and roll’ to Rugby World Cup bid

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Ir­ish Daily Mail re­porter

BONO and Bob Geldof have joined Liam Nee­son in throw­ing their weight be­hind Ire­land’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Ire­land is among three bid­ders to host the tour­na­ment and will have to bat­tle it out with South Africa and France.

Each coun­try will have 30 min­utes to make a for­mal pitch in London on Septem­ber 25. But our chances are surely in­creased by adding star power to the bid.

Ire­land’s bid will be spear­headed by Leo Varad­kar and Sports Min­is­ter Shane Ross with help from Brian O’Driscoll among oth­ers.

‘In ad­di­tion, the IRFU has re­vealed an ad­di­tional boost for the pre­sen­ta­tion with news that it will con­tain video sup­port pieces from U2 and a di­as­pora-re­lated piece in­volv­ing Bob Geldof’s mov­ing ren­di­tion of the WB Yeats’ poem The Lake Isle Of In­n­is­free,’ an IRFU state­ment re­leased last night said.

Kevin Potts, IRFU chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and 2023 bid di­rec­tor, said: ‘The qual­ity of pre­sen­ters as­sem­bled by Ire­land re­flects the enor­mous strength and depth of our bid and the level of sup­port and co-op­er­a­tion the bid has en­joyed through­out, from gov­ern­ment, busi­ness and com­mu­ni­ties.

‘Our pre­sen­ta­tion will re­flect the vi­sion and strong com­mer­cial cre­den­tials of Ire­land’s propo­si­tion but also, crit­i­cally, the cre­ativ­ity of the Ir­ish peo­ple, which is what will make Ire­land 2023 a tour­na­ment like no other.

‘This cre­ative el­e­ment will in­volve in­puts from Bob Geldof, U2 and Liam Nee­son, all of whom have sup­ported our bid.

‘The di­as­pora are a very im­por­tant el­e­ment of our propo­si­tion.’

The fi­nal de­ci­sion will be an­nounced by World Rugby on Novem­ber 15.

Geldof will read Yeats’ poem

Bob: Will read The Lake Isle of In­is­free

Bono: Video sup­port for bid

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