IRFU to spend €1.1m to line out bid consultants
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is to spend up to €1.1m on consultants to advise them on their 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.
The body said it has "identified the need for a bid advisor to assist them in the development of a bid strategy".
The group formally announced its decision to vie for the event last December. If successful, the competition will be hosted throughout the island of Ireland.
Both the Government and the Northern Ireland Executive have backed the bid with the GAA also offering its support.
In December, the IRFU estimated the total cost of putting together the proposal would be €1.5m.
The group is tendering for experts to help it in the bidding process with consultants to cost between €700,000 and €1.1m. It said it will need both a bid adviser/co-ordination and management services provider to assist it in the "technical aspects of the bid process and the production of bid documentation".
An IRFU spokesperson told the Irish Independent that the tender process for the positions would follow government procurement guidelines.
"As state monies are involved we will be following an agreed public procurement process, said communications director Stephen McNamara.