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O'Driscoll hopeful for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 01:27

Irish hospitality a big plus for Rugby World Cup bid says O'Driscoll

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 25, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIAN O'DRISCOLL, FORMER IRELAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "I think from the financial point of view World Rugby haven't always gone with the biggest number. I think it's bigger than just financials you've got to think about, about growing the game, about a new country where people haven't been before for a World Cup, what that has to offer. "I think all the things that I mentioned are a real plus for us, people tend to have a good time in Ireland, people look forward, Six Nations or touring parties, they look forward to coming to Ireland. "They'll get tough rugby when they play against the host nation, but they know that they'll share a drink afterwards and the spirit and camaraderie of what makes rugby great, I think that is epitomised within Ireland. All the hallmarks and all the things that World Rugby is looking for in keeping the game going and the values that they have, Ireland really does epitomise them." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIAN O'DRISCOLL, FORMER IRELAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "Massively important, I think it shows the seriousness of which we're taking our pitch. He's (Leo Varadkar) obviously relatively new as Taoiseach but he was involved as sports minister in the initial bid process, so he knows a huge amount about what's been involved in it, and him coming over today to be able to tell World Rugby the seriousness of our pitch I think really epitomises where we're at and how much we want this." STORY: Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said on Monday (September 25) that the hospitality the country offers is a big plus for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid. Speaking in London as the three countries, Ireland, South Africa and France, hoping to host the tournament made their presentations to rugby union's governing body, O'Driscoll said that the fact that Ireland have never previously held the event, and the popularity of the country amongst both touring teams and visiting fans, make it the perfect place to hold the competition. O'Driscoll went on to stay that having played in four World Cups he did not stay in the host country to watch the rest of the tournament after Ireland were knocked out, preferring instead to take a holiday and then prepare for the next rugby season.

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O'Driscoll hopeful for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 01:27