Thursday 27 October 2016

'Ireland can deliver one of the greatest Rugby World Cups'

Paul O'Connell celebrates after this year's Six Nations win
Paul O'Connell celebrates after this year's Six Nations win

Ireland has the capacity to deliver one of the best ever Rugby World Cup tournaments, if its bid for the 2023 tournament is successful - one of the world’s leading sports officials has stated.

Speaking ahead of his arrival in Ireland to address the Shannon Airport European Sport Tourism Summit, which takes place in Thomond Park tomorrow and Friday, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation David Grevemberg said that Ireland has a “fantastic offering” when it comes to staging major sports events.

“The advantage Ireland has is that it very much has a real sense of self-identity, which is central in Irish culture,” he said.

“This is something that decision makers want to hear.  They need to be satisfied that people travelling to an event will have an enriched experience, beyond the field-of-play, which I think Ireland can pretty much guarantee.

 “All round, Ireland really has a fantastic offering. It has the hospitality, warmth, passion and a great history.  It is a nation that is used to rolling up its sleeves, working hard and making things happen but also enjoying yourselves as you do it.”

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