An Irish Rugby World Cup would truly be special
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.