Saturday 16 December 2017

Getting our rugby bid over the line

Fiona Coghlan
Fiona Coghlan

I really hope the IRFU is successful in its bid to host the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup. Last year's tournament set records for TV viewing figures, and some match attendances were in excess of 20,000. If we were to stage a successful tournament, surely it would certainly help when it came to bidding for the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

Former Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan is involved in the bid, as ambassador for women's rugby. I met Fiona a few months back and she told me she signed up for rugby in college and nearly didn't go back because she felt the game was too slow! A decade later she captained an Irish side which claimed the fourth sport at the Rugby World Cup. An incredible sportsperson Fiona doesn't let fame go to her head - here's hoping she helps land the World Cup.

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