World Rugby's Technical Review group visited Croke Park and áras an Uachtaráin yesterday as the process of assessing Ireland's bid to host the 2023 World Cup continued.
Ireland's bid is due to be submitted on June 1, but the Bid Oversight Board, led by former Tánaiste Dick Spring, briefed the team of officials who are on a two-day visit on the latest developments, while also leading them on a tour of GAA headquarters, where the semi-finals and final would take place if Ireland won the right to host the tournament.
At Croke Park, they were greeted by legends of Gaelic games Henry Shefflin and Bernard Brogan as well as bid ambassador Brian O'Driscoll and Ireland women's rugby team captain Niamh Briggs.
They were also present at the áras to greet the delegation which includes World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper.
They visited South Africa last week and will travel to France next week as the process of establishing which bid is strongest continues.
The decision on who will win the right to host the tournament will be taken in November.