Saturday 20 January 2018

World Cup bid had good game plan, unlike Brexit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Dick Spring Chairman, Ireland 2023 Oversight Board, during the 2023 Rugby World Cup host candidates presentations at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Dick Spring Chairman, Ireland 2023 Oversight Board, during the 2023 Rugby World Cup host candidates presentations at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Editorial

Editorial

Even Ireland's launching of its bid in London to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup could not avoid mention of the B-word.

"There is still obviously uncertainty about Brexit," agreed Brian O'Driscoll, who had just signed off on a velvet delivery of our case for hosting the tournament.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was gracious in accepting the generous support of the British for our bid; but it says much about the pass we have come to when others were left wondering as to whether support from British Prime Minister Theresa May would be a help or a hindrance, given the unpopularity of her government.

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