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Meath man at Rugby League World Cup

Meath man at Rugby League World Cup

In assessing Ireland's stadiums, the report said that Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Pearse Stadium and Fitzgerald Stadium all require "a significant level of overlay, which is flagged as a risk, given the amount of work required to bring these venues up to Rugby World Cup standard".

South Africa, which also hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup, promised a "triple win tournament" that would deliver "record receipts", a "bucket-list destination" and "the most athlete-centric event in the tournament's history".

Other countries biding to host the event are Ireland and France. "A new match is beginning, and will play out until the sovereign vote on 15 November".

Ireland, who were initial favourites to host the tournament, are understood to have finished last in World Rugby's recommendation. South Africa scored 78.97 percent, France 75.88, and Ireland 72.25.

The board made its recommendation following detailed consideration of the host candidate evaluation report.

What does the board judge potential host nations on?

"They were venues and infrastructure commensurate with a top-tier major event, comprehensive and enforceable public and private sector guarantees, a commercially successful event with a fully funded, robust financial model, operational excellence through an integrated and experienced delivery team, a vision that engages and inspires domestic and worldwide audiences and contributes to the growth of rugby at all levels, an enabling environment of political and financial stability that respects the diversity of the Rugby World Cup's global stakeholders and an environment and climate suited to top-level sport in a geography that allows maximum fan mobility".

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Bill Beaumont, Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman and head of the sport's governing body World Rugby, said South Africa had emerged as clearly ahead in all seven key criteria such as stadia and financial assurances.

Ireland's bid chairman, Dick Spring, has vowed that Ireland can still convince enough members of the World Rugby Council to award them the tournament.

"We absolutely believe Ireland can secure the tournament for 2023", he said.

The World Rugby Council will make its final decision regarding the 2023 tournament on 15 November 2017.

Derry had been named in the final 12 cities bidding to stage games in the 2023 World Cup.

Ireland has vowed to "compete to the final whistle", adding "nothing in the report is insurmountable".


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