Revealed: The 12 Stadiums Included In Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2023 Bid


The 12 stadiums included in Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2023 bid have been officially revealed.

Eight GAA grounds form the bulk of the list alongside famous rugby stadia including Ireland’s national ground, the Aviva Stadium (Dublin) along with Thomond Park (Limerick), Ravenhill (Belfast) and the RDS (Dublin).

Croke Park (Dublin), Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Cork), Casement Park (Belfast), Fitzgerald Stadium (Kerry), Pearse Stadium (Galway), McHale Park (Mayo), Nowlan Park (Kilkenny) and Celtic Park (Derry) are all part of the Board’s proposal.


Sports Minister Shane Ross said:

If we win this bid, we’ll be prepared for it. We’re absolutely determined,” he said. 

“Hosting the Rugby World Cup here would be a unique opportunity to showcase Ireland, not just to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come for the tournament, but to a worldwide television audience,” he added.

Bid Chairman Dick Spring said he is confident of a successful bid.

Famous Irish actor Liam Neeson narrated a special promo video as part of the bid, with an IRFU spokesman confirming that actor Neeson had waived any potential fee for the promotional video.

The IRFU has joined forces with the two Irish governments to build a bid that will run to at least £100million.

World Rugby will decide the 2023 competition’s destination in November 2017.

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