Friday 19 January 2018

GAA agree to release stadia for Rugby World Cup bid in either 2023 or 2027

THE GAA have agreed to make stadia available to the IRFU for a possible bid to host the Rugby World Cup in either 2023 or 2027.

The motion which was put to delegates at the GAA's Annual Congress in Derry was passed with a 93pc majority.

In another development, the number of counties competing in Liam MacCarthy Cup reduced to 13 by 2016.The number of teams guaranteed their place in competition reduced to 10.

Michael Mealey of Carlow has spoken out against the motion, describing it as 'elitist'. Antrim and Laois delegates have also spoken out against the motion but it passed by an 87pc majority.

Motion 60 was also carried by a large majority meaning that Hurlers will now have to remove helmets during the playing of the national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, before games.

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