Liam’s World Cup lift
HOLLYWOOD legend Liam Neeson is backing Ireland’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
The Taken star narrates a short film being used to pitch the country against South Africa and France for the tournament.
Launching a final push for what would be the biggest event ever put on in Ireland, rugby chiefs revealed the 12 venues that would host matches.
Derry’s Celtic Park was a surprise inclusion while uncertainty hangs over Belfast’s Casement Park, which has yet to be built.
Flagship venues include Croke Park – one of Europe’s largest stadiums and home to the Gaelic Athletic Association – as well as rugby HQ Lansdowne Road in Dublin.
The winning bid will be announced in November next year.