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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Takes Almighty Swipe At South African RWC Bid

Leo Varadkar has commented on the news that Ireland was not recommended to host to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and he has come out swinging…

On Tuesday of this week, Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was dealt a huge blow as South Africa was officially recommended. However, the fat lady has not begun to clear her throat according to the Irish bid team, as the decision will go to ballot on November 15.

Ireland finished behind both France and South Africa, who boast larger stadiums. However, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar believes that this is a negative for the South African bid in particular. He is worried that the big stadiums, many of which were purpose-built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, will not be filled, and suggests that many of those are outside rugby communities.

“But if you look at what we have already it’s a much better stadium infrastructure than New Zealand had when they hosted the Rugby World Cup back in 2011. It was always part of our bid to upgrade our stadiums over the next five years. There’s money there to do exactly that.

“What we want is a tournament where people see matches in full stadiums in the middle of rugby communities in our cities rather than in big soccer stadiums on the outskirts of our cities that would be half-empty. That’s part of the case we’ll be making to the rugby unions.” Quotes via The Irish Independent.

Ireland have vowed to continue to fight to win the hosting rights for the tournament, as they scramble to lobby for votes over the next two weeks. Expect more public swipes to be taken at the French and South African bids as the Ireland 2023 committee do their best to bring the World Rugby Council members around to their way of thinking.

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