Ire­land to be named host of the 2023 World Cup

NZ Rugby World - - Rugby Championship -

The vote for the host of the 2023 World Cup is be­ing done dif­fer­ently this time round. The three bids – Ire­land, South Africa and France – have been sub­mit­ted to an in­de­pen­dent eval­u­a­tion process.

That’s been the case in the past, ex­cept this time, the in­de­pen­dent eval­u­a­tors will make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the vot­ing mem­bers, most of whom say they will be un­likely to go against it.

We sus­pect that Ire­land is go­ing to get the nod. Why? Be­cause it would be fur­ther re­as­sur­ance that smaller coun­tries can still be hosts.

They will ac­tu­ally gen­er­ate a fair bit of money as their sta­dia are big­ger than most peo­ple re­alise and they are an emerg­ing force in the world game.

And of course, the Ir­ish will be mag­nif­i­cent hosts for six weeks.

GRAND CRAIC Ire­land are hop­ing their rep­u­ta­tion as great hosts will win them the 2023 World Cup.

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