Liam’s World Cup lift

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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.

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