Monday 19 March 2018

Former NZ rugby chief backs our bid for World Cup

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

IRELAND is not too small "to handle the magnitude" of the Rugby World Cup, the man responsible for bringing the event to New Zealand three years ago has insisted.

Martin Sneddon says Ireland has "all the ingredients" for hosting the event and would be well-placed to make a very competitive bid for the 2023 competition.

But the former chief executive of New Zealand Rugby World Cup 2011, who met with the steering group behind a possible bid by Ireland on Wednesday, said its success would be dependent on co-operation from the GAA to use its stadia.

"From what I have seen and what I know of Ireland, the country has all the right ingredients to make a really compelling bid but so will a lot of other countries, South Africa in particular," Mr Sneddon told the Irish Independent.

But Mr Sneddon warned that Ireland should not get "ahead of itself" as it was still at the very early stages of the bid process.

He was speaking at the Sport Tourism European Summit at Limerick's Thomond Park.

Irish Independent

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