Rugby World Cup bid outcome a disappointment- Cllr Wall

Senator Mark Wall
15 November 2017

Labour spokesperson on Sport, Councillor Mark Wall, has expressed his disappointment at news from London that Ireland has failed to clinch Rugby World Cup hosting duties in 2023, but praised the efforts of the Irish delegation.

Cllr Wall said:

“I think for any Irish sports fan it has certainly been a very disappointing 24 hours.

“Despite the really strong efforts of the Irish delegation in arguing our case to host the Rugby World Cup, it sadly wasn’t to be for 2023.

“Ireland had a very strong pitch and would have produced a fantastic tournament, so while this news is very disappointing, we should be proud of the work put in by all involved.

“There will no doubt be plenty of time for reflection in the days, weeks and months ahead on the scope for improvement in terms of the selection criteria.

“The performance of the Irish rugby team at home and abroad has placed Ireland firmly on the map as a world class side, and I am sure this will not be the only time Ireland will bid to host the tournament.

“Congratulations to France who will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and commiserations to South Africa who have also lost out this year.”

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