Saturday 24 August 2019

Enda Kenny discusses 2023 Rugby World Cup bid at Paris Climate Change Conference

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in Paris today
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in Paris today

Declan Whooley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been discussing Ireland's Rugby World Cup bid with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Mr Kenny is in Paris with other world leaders to discuss climate change but took time to speak to Key to talk about Ireland's bid to hold the tournament in 2023.

New Zealand hosted their second World Cup in 2011 and it was the biggest sporting event the country ever held. Overseas visitors totalled 133,000, more than the 95,000 that the organisers expected.

"Took time to meet New Zealand PM John Key to discuss many issues including positive reception for our #RWC2023," Mr Kenny posted from his official Twitter account.

If Ireland is to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, it will be expected to table a bid of up to €164m, almost twice the fee paid by New Zealand in 2011.

Along with France, Italy and South Africa, Ireland is being considered by the Rugby World Cup body as potential hosts for the third largest sporting event on the planet and the ability to pay the requisite sum is vital.

The winning country will be decided in May 2017.

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