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IRFU bids to bring Rugby World Cup to our shores

Rugby officials are preparing to kick off their bid for Ireland to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

Officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) will join representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government to outline their plans to be considered to host the competition.

Both sides have been engaged in a preliminary assessment exercise over the past 10 months to weigh up the feasibility of submitting an official bid.

In February, former Irish international star Hugo MacNeill was asked to be chairman of the cross-border working group.

It is understood an all-Ireland bid will be given the go-ahead at an event in Armagh later today. As well as the traditional rugby stadiums such as the Aviva in Dublin, the Kingspan at Ravenhill in Belfast and Thomond Park in Limerick, a 2023 World Cup in Ireland would also hope to use a number of impressive Gaelic football venues, including the 82,300 capacity Croke Park.

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The Irish rugby team played their home matches in Croke Park between 2007 and 2010 while the Aviva stadium was being built on the site of the old Lansdowne Road ground.

Next year's Rugby World Cup will be hosted by England, with Japan hosting the event in 2019.

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