IRFU banking on 'world-class' 2023 bid
The IRFU are confident that their proposed bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will tick all of the necessary boxes.
Should Ireland be successful in their bid, it is estimated that it would be worth approximately €800 million to the country but they face stiff competition from France and South Africa.
The IRFU's proposal must be submitted to World Rugby by June 1 and they will then make another presentation to the board of the Rugby World Cup and council of World Rugby in September before a final decision is made in November.
Ireland must secure at least 19 of the 37 votes from the unions worldwide and they believe that if they do so, 445,000 visitors will flock to the country which would be a record number for a World Cup.
"I'm extremely confident in the team of people that we have around us," IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said.
"I'm extremely confident in the work that has been done. And I'm extremely confident that we'll put a world-class bid in on June 1.
"To that extent, I think we are confident about the quality of what we are going to propose. I think we're working extremely hard in terms of lobbying the voters. That's obviously an important element of all this as well.
"If World Rugby wants new host territories in the future, they need to encourage new territories to bid, so that's an important element."