Browne: We can do 2023

IRISH rugby boss Philip Browne can find "no reason on earth" why Ireland could not host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The IRFU has been working on a 2023 World Cup bid since 2011 and are now waiting on parliamentary backing. Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar is a strong supporter of the IRFU cause.

Browne said: "This sort of bid couldn't happen without committed support from the governments, both north and south.

"Yes it's a big bid but if it can be done in a country like New Zealand, which is a similar size in terms of population, there's no reason on earth why it can't be done here."