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Ireland Planning Bid To Host 2023 Rugby World Cup For First Time In History
Published November 19, 2013
SEAN FITZPATRICK BACKING BID: Also in Dublin, Cian Tracey reported former New Zealand rugby player Sean Fitzpatrick "has backed Ireland's bid to host the 2023 World Cup." Fitzpatrick "believes that Ireland is well equipped to host the prestigious event." Fitzpatrick: "Ireland has got the people and the passion to host a World Cup. New Zealand was told they didn't have the stadiums, but we made it work and I'm sure Ireland has good stadiums." Former rugby player Keith Wood "also lended his support to the bid, but admits a lot needs to happen before Ireland can be realistic about hosting the World Cup." Wood said, "The IRFU [Irish Rugby Football Union] absolutely wouldn't be able to do it on their own. It can't be an ego thing; it has to be right for Ireland. If something like the Rugby World Cup coming to Ireland could be enough of an income generator that we need... it has to stack up. And we need as much inward tourism investment as we can get. We've got to aim for big things" (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 11/18).