Friday 20 April 2018

Staging RWC could be monumental – or another example of national incompetence

Donny Mahoney

October 2023. A packed Croke Park ahead of the inaugural game of the Rugby World Cup. Captain Robbie Henshaw and coach Brian O'Driscoll pose with the Webb Ellis trophy with Taoiseach Varadkar ahead of Ireland's curtain-raiser with Namibia.

A hologram of Bono performs 'Ireland's Call' along with the Artane Boys Band as three Ryanair jets fly over the stadium, leaving green, white and orange trails in the sky over Drumcondra.

The romance of Eire '23 may be self-evident to every sports fan in this country, but there are two obstacles we must consider before we start planning our B&B mark-ups for 10 years from now: the vastly superior infrastructural set-up of almost every other country bidding for the competition, and our own national habit of bewildering incompetence.

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