We may have lost out, but World Cup bid was great collaboration
The understandable disappointment of failing to win the right to host RWC 2023 runs the risk of overlooking a very important fact.
The actual compilation of the bid itself was a hugely significant achievement. It brought together all Irish people from north, south, east and west; it brought together the politicians from all parties, two governments and the Northern Assembly; and it brought together the IRFU and the GAA into a unique joint effort. This combined effort once again highlighted the ability of Irish sport to transcend all differences.
We must also remember that the bid was sufficiently impressive to convince World Rugby that Ireland is actually capable of hosting such a global event. That was some achievement in its own right and one which is fully appreciated by Irish people all over the world.