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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Redacted section of World Rugby's technical review reveals interesting details on financial bid - report

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An unseen section of World Rugby's technical review into the rival bids for the hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup shows Ireland's financial bid closely matched South Africa's.

According to a report in today's Irish Times, a redacted section of the 139-page review shows that Ireland's overall commercial offer and tournament fee was close to that offered by World Rugby's preferred candidates.

Ireland and France have both heavily criticised the contents of the review which determined that the Springboks should host the rugby showpiece in six years time.

World Rugby described comments by FFR president Bernard Laporte as 'unfounded and inaccurate' over the weekend.

"I don't believe in bad faith," Laporte said on Friday. "I rather think that it's incompetence."

Details of a letter sent by Ireland's bid chairman Dick Spring were disclosed by Independent.ie over the weekend where he told World Rugby board members that Ireland took issue with how the areas of stadia, security, and previous hosting experience were dealt with in the review and expressed Ireland's "shock" at the "narrow, operational and theoretical" approach taken by the technical review group.

The IRFU used professional services firm Deloitte to examine the report before the letter was sent.

The 2023 host will be decided at a meeting of the World Rugby Council on November 15.

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