First Minister, Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster MLA, and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA have welcomed the announcement from World Rugby that Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2023 bid is through to the final Candidate Phase of the Host Selection process.
World Rugby has confirmed France, Ireland and South Africa as Rugby World
Cup 2023 host candidates.
First Minister, Arlene Foster said: “The
Northern Ireland Executive is a strong supporter of the 2023 Rugby World Cup
and it is excellent news we are now through to the next phase of the process.
The potential to host
the Rugby World Cup 2023 presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase our
excellent rugby talent, magnificent facilities and legendary hospitality to
rugby fans across the world. Northern Ireland has what it takes to host world
class events and the Executive will continue to work hard to bring this
great sporting event here in 2023.”
The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, said: “I congratulate all of those involved
in helping reach the next phase in hosting RWC 2023. South Africa
and France are formidable opponents, however, I believe the partnership between
sport organisations, Government and local businesses can provide a winning
combination in ensuring a successful event. I am certain everyone here will get
behind the Ireland bid and look forward next year when the final decision on
who will host RWC 2023 is made in November 2017.”
Economy Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA added: “It is tremendous news we are through to the Candidate
Phase of hosting The Rugby World Cup. The Rugby World Cup 2015 was the
most commercially successful event to date and with large numbers of travelling
fans and spectators the opportunity to host RWC 2023 would provide a major
boost for local businesses, the tourism industry and the Northern Ireland economy
as a whole.”
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