Munster boss backs Ireland’s rugby world cup bid

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

A general view of Thomond Park, the home of Munster Rugby
MUNSTER head coach Rob Penney has given the thumbs up to Ireland’s proposed bid to stage the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

MUNSTER head coach Rob Penney has given the thumbs up to Ireland’s proposed bid to stage the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

A recent feasibility study has found that any successful bid from Ireland to stage the tournament would result in a projected e800million boost to the economy and would help attract 337,000 visitors to the country

Should Ireland, as expected, enter the race to host the event, and the bid be successful, then Thomond Park and possibly the Gaelic Grounds could host pool matches.

Rob Penney said: “I think the proposed bid to host the Rugby World Cup is fantastic. Ireland would be a great place to host the World Cup.

“If we get a summer like the one we had this year weather-wise, it would be ideal.

“I remember New Zealand staging the inaugural World Cup (1987). Because it was the first in a country where rugby is the highest profile sport, it was just fantastic to be able to go down mid-week and watch Test rugby.

“Every day there would have been a fixture on. Because there wasn’t many night fixtures, the games were mostly played during the day.

“The VCR would be wound up to record a game that was played while you were at work or whatever and you’d watch it later. It was an amazing period in New Zealand’s history to host the first one.”

The IRFU has been working on a 2023 World Cup bid since 2011, and have been awaiting government backing.