Confirmed: Ireland make it past the first hurdle in 2023 Rugby World Cup host process
Ireland will have to beat out France, Italy and South Africa in order to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
World Rugby announced that four nations submitted their 'bid questionnaires' before the deadline of September 1st, with applicants who meet the hosting criteria moving forward to the 'candidate phase' on November 1st.
The official announcement of the winning bid will take place in November 2017.
The bids that were submitted to World Rugby will be judged on seven objectives:
1. Venues and infrastructure commensurate with a top-tier major event
2. Comprehensive and enforceable public and private sector guarantees
3. A commercially successful event with a fully funded, robust financial model
4. Operational excellence through an integrated and experienced delivery team
5. A vision that engages and inspires domestic and international audiences and contributes to the growth of rugby at all levels
6. An enabling environment of political and financial stability that respects the diversity of Rugby World Cup's global stakeholders
7. An environment and climate suited to top-level sport in a geography that allows maximum fan mobility
Ireland previously hosted games at the 1991 and 1999 World Cups, but have never hosted the tournament outright.
France last hosted the World Cup in 2007, South Africa in 1995, while Italy have never hosted the event.