Brian O'Driscoll the man to bring 2023 World Cup to Ireland
Brian O'Driscoll has landed a leading role in Ireland's bid to bring the Rugby World Cup to Ireland in 2023.
The IRFU, along with the Government and the Northern Ireland Executive, today announced a Chairman, Vice Chairman and a number of Board members to the Oversight Board for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid. They have also named the Bid Ambassador.
The team will approve bid strategy, oversee progress, liaise with the IRFU and both Governments, and ensure the delivery of a 'world class' bid for RWC 2023 in Ireland.
IRFU chief Philip Browne and the GAA's Paraic Duffy have also been announced as Board members along with Shane Logan, CEO Ulster Rugby and Hugo MacNeill who was Chair of the joint RWC Working Group.
Further appointments including individuals with sporting, business and major events experience will be made in the coming weeks.
Initial preparations for Ireland's bid process are well advanced with tenders already issued by the IRFU's Bid Team for work on a number of areas such as finance, logistics, stadia selection, ticketing and marketing.
World Rugby will formally launch the RWC 2023 Host Selection process with a briefing for interested Member Unions in Twickenham in June. The bid tender process will last some two years, with final presentations being made to the World Rugby Council in May 2017.
"I would like to welcome our Chairman, Dick Spring, Vice Chairman, David Dobbin, Bid Ambassador, Brian O'Driscoll, Páraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA, Shane Logan, CEO Ulster Rugby and Hugo MacNeill, who chaired the initial assessment grouping so professionally, to the RWC 2023 Bid team. They bring an extraordinary array of talent and experience to the project and we very much look forward to working with them," said Browne.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for Ireland and while competition will be fierce for what is one of the most prized events in world sport, we will leave no stone unturned in putting together a world class case for Ireland to host what would be a hugely successful Rugby World Cup in 2023."