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Saturday 10 December 2016

World Cup '23 bid takes form

2 August 2015; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, with Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll. Rugby World Cup 2023 Oversight Board Meeting. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
2 August 2015; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, with Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll. Rugby World Cup 2023 Oversight Board Meeting. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Ireland will put together a bidding process to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup that will cost €1.5million.

Chairman of the Oversight Board, Dick Spring, hopes to develop "a superlative" bid which will include a detailed programme of match schedules, venues, accommodation, transport, security and a communications infrastructure.

The role of the Oversight Board is to oversee strategy, in conjunction with the IRFU and both Governments north and south of the border, to deliver a bid capable of securing the tournament. The GAA has agreed to make its stadiums available for the tournament.

Former Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll and Hugo McNeil are also members of the board. Tender submissions are required by February 2017. It is expected the decision will be taken in May 2017.

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