World Rugby has confirmed France, Ireland and South Africa as Rugby World Cup 2023 host candidates. Each union demonstrated within its application that it could meet key criteria critical to a viable Rugby World Cup hosting bid by September 1.
With three years to go until Rugby World Cup 2019 kicks off in Japan, the milestone has been marked with a nationwide celebration to commemorate the anniversary of one of the nation's biggest ever sporting achievements.
In a boost for the profile of a range of World Rugby tournaments, Eir Sport has been named as rights-holding broadcaster in the Republic of Ireland for Rugby World Cup 2019, Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 and other key events.
Former IRFU international referee Alain Rolland has been named World Rugby's High Performance 15s Match Officials Manager to replace Joël Jutge, who decided to stand down after four successful years in the role.
The First Minister, Arlene Foster MLA, and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA, yesterday welcomed Ireland's Rugby World Cup 2023 Oversight Board to Belfast. A full board meeting was held at Kingspan Stadium as part of the ongoing preparation of the bid.