Irish to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

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Lynn McConnell     16 Dec 2015     Getty Images

It is expected Ireland's government will make a formal application to host the tournament in May. It will be a joint bid by the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Others who have said they will also bid are France, Italy and South Africa.

Ireland's Sports minister Paschal Donohoe said the message Ireland would send out would be that they have the infrastructure, the country is accessible for travelling supporters and is in a good time zone.

The deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, and former Test player, Dick Spring is chairing an oversight committee which deals with working groups both in the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Donohoe said: "Ireland would be able to deliver a wonderful Rugby World Cup in 2023.

"The next 18 months will be crucial in us putting together the bid and hopefully being successful."

He was confident there would be no problems in having stadiums ready and that all planning applications and developments for the project would be dealt with.

"Were we to be successful in winning this bid, I am certain that we would have the infrastructure in place, sporting and otherwise, to deliver a wonderful experience to anybody who would come to our country," he said.