World Rugby officials arrive in Dublin for 2023 World Cup inspection

Officials will visit South Africa, Ireland and France before deciding the hosts

BY Daniel Kelly 10:10 Tuesday 21 March 2017, 10:10 21 Mar 2017

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A technical review group from World Rugby have arrived in Dublin, as 2023 World Cup bid preparations continue.

The group will travel around Ireland, visiting various candidate stadia, as Ireland's bid team look to gain crucial votes ahead of November's vote.

The technical group will spend two days in Ireland, travelling around the country and meeting the Ireland 2023 bid team. Last week, the group visited South Africa, and they will complete their travels later this month in France.

Earlier this month, World Rugby confirmed the reasoning for the visits, ahead of the June deadline for submitted applications.

"The visits will provide an opportunity for candidates to discuss bid plans in detail, clarify any questions on the technical aspects or bid process and allow World Rugby to meet with government representatives."

"World Rugby will also use the occasion to reiterate all expectations regarding guarantees and requirements to ensure a fair and transparent bidding process."

Bill Beaumont, Chairman of World Rugby said the visits "will provide us with an important opportunity to monitor progress leading into the final weeks of the bid phase and we look forward to discovering more details about the compelling concepts".


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