An Ir­ish Rugby World Cup would truly be spe­cial

The Argus - - OPINION -

UN­LESS there is a sig­nif­i­cant mood change in the In­ter­na­tional rugby world, Ire­land will lose out on its bid to host the 2023 World Cup with South Africa the likely host.

We know that money talks and that seems to be the pri­mary rea­son why Ire­land will lose out if in­deed it does when the an­nounce­ment is made this Wed­nes­day.

Both other bid­ders South Africa and France have pre­vi­ously hosted the Rugby World Cup and the suc­cess of either bid will be a vote for the sta­tus quo and not look­ing at grow­ing the game or the au­di­ence.

Ire­land as they demon­strated against South Africa in the Aviva Sta­dium last Sat­ur­day are one of the best sides in the world.

The game has a small reach with only a dozen or so com­pet­i­tive na­tions.

Ire­land’s bid stacks up and they could cer­tainly stage a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment.

Host­ing such a world­wide event would be a huge boost to Ire­land, not only in terms of the econ­omy and tourism, but in pres­tige and na­tional pride.

Look at the ef­fect Lon­don 2012 had on their na­tional psy­che.

An Ir­ish World Cup would be spe­cial.

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