Ireland face four rivals to host World Cup '23
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Ireland have bid to host the 2023 World Cup alongside France, Italy and South Africa.
The four unions involved submitted their bid applications ahead of Thursday's deadline, World Rugby has confirmed. Ireland, along with their three bid rivals, completed their bid questionnaire, with information regarding key criteria for hosting the event.
Of the four nations hoping to stage the tournament in seven years time, only Ireland and Italy have never previously been hosts. South Africa held it in 1995 and France in 2007.
Applicants that meet the criteria for evaluation will move to the candidate phase on November 1 before the successful bid is announced in November 2017.
The applicant submissions are to be evaluated by a World Rugby technical review group and the outcome of the evaluation will then be independently assessed to ensure a fair and consistent approach.
The IRFU confirmed in 2014 they were putting together an all-Ireland bid to stage the tournament, with the two governments expecting to commit E119million to underwrite the possibility of staging the event.
"We are delighted by the strong level of interest, which underscores the enormous hosting appeal of Rugby World Cup as a low-risk, high-return economic, social and sporting driver," WR chairman Bill Beaumont said.