Rugby Union: Ireland consider making bid for 2023 World Cup

Last Updated: 22/01/14 5:39pm

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Ireland are considering bidding for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Ireland are considering bidding for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

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Politicians from the Republic of Ireland and Ulster have met to discuss the possibilities of making a joint bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Officials from north and south of the border discussed an All-Ireland bid in Armagh, with sports and tourism ministers agreeing to set up a working group.

The ministers will report back to their respective governments later this year.

Northern Ireland's sports minister Caral Ni Chuilin said they were investing £110m in upgrading stadiums in Belfast, including that at Ravenhill - the home of Ulster Rugby Union.

Michael Ring, the Republic of Ireland minister for tourism and sports, pointed out: "An event of this scale will not only have a great benefit for rugby but will also raise the profile of what sport can do for a country.

"The Rugby World Cup is probably the largest event we could ever host on our own on the island.

"Sport is a great unifier, it brings people together and large events like this can also bring about a great sense of pride."

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