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Ireland plans 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

Ireland intends to launch its first bid to host the entire Rugby World Cup in 2023, following its co-hosting of the event in 1991 and 1999.

Transport, tourism and sports minister Leo Varadkar made the announcement today at the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in Dublin. The bid will be presented to Irish government tomorrow, however the IRB bidding process will not begin until 2016.

Varadkar said: "I think Ireland is very well placed to host the rugby World Cup. The next step for me is to go to cabinet tomorrow and to seek authorisation with a view to putting together the bid."

The minister also commissioned an independent report that estimated the 2023 event would bring in €800 million, with around 337,000 international fans visiting the country, according to the Irish Examiner.