Ireland's bid to land 2023 Rugby World Cup

Ireland will learn whether they have convinced World Rugby to endorse their bid to host the Rugby World Cup in six years time in a matter of hours.The world governing body announces its recommendation for the 2023 host tomorrow morning.Ireland, France and South Africa will be casting anxious glances at computer screens tomorrow morning as World Rugby releases the name of the preferred candidate following an exhaustive technical appraisal of the three bids. Youth Larry Fitzgerald Limited Blue Nike Jersey: NFL Arizona Cardinals #11 2017 Pro BowlCouncil members are not bound by the recommendation and they will ultimately decide who hosts the showpiece.Their recommendation will be supported by a 220-page document of data in support of the verdict and it would Aaron Burbridge Jersey take a lot of persuasion to convince a council member to go against it. There are 39 votes available among the various unions and regional bodies and everyone has the right to vote as they see fit, even in the face of World Rugby’s recommendation.The rationale for the decision of the 20-strong team of World Rugby and external experts will be made public. Ireland remain favourites with the bookmakers to host the event but the odds have lengthened to 4/6. The Royal Garden Hotel in the swish London borough of Kensington has hosted World Cup winners before.In 1966, Bobby Moore's England paraded the Jules Rimet trophy from the balcony before an adoring audience.Yesterday, three countries completed another stage in their bid to become World Cup winners, as the race to become the host nation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup heralded what will be a defining few weeks before the winners are announced on November 15. Ireland, still the strong bookies' favourites - albeit one firm hardened them to evens yesterday afternoon - South Africa, and outsiders France delivered their final bid presentations to World Rugby council members.The bid teams from France, Ireland and South Africa were each given 30 minutes to present their hosting proposition before fielding questions. None of the questions would have surprised the trio and, likewise, none of the answers will have alerted the council This show has been on the road for more than a year now; yesterday was about peaking in terms of delivery and message. This group will submit its report to the Rugby World Cup Limited Board, which in turn will make its recommendation to Council on October 31 prior to the vote on November. There are 39 of them up for grabs and every one of them will count."There are always going to be swing votes," says Philip Browne, the CEO of the IRFU. "To be fair, all the people we visited said we'd really Aaron Burbridge Jerseylike to see what the outcome of the assessments are before they start promising their votes. I understand that and it Aaron Burbridge Jersey would make a mockery of the process if they started offering their votes without seeing the assessments."So a lot of them are playing their cards close to their chests. But we have a good sense of who we think has an affinity with what we are trying to do and say. We are in a reasonable state" There has been horse-trading before; Ireland were roundly condemned by Asia and South Africa for allegedly switching their allegiance to New Zealand at the last minute in 2005, prompting legal letters all round.

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