‘Rugby World Cup an exciting opportunity for Ireland’ – Newry MLA

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Friday, September 29th, 2017
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SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has described the prospect of Ireland hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023 as an exciting opportunity for the whole island. 

McNulty was speaking as the IRFU delegation travelled to London to make their presentation before the World Rugby Council. Also submitting their bids are South Africa and France.



Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “This is fantastic for every community and every sport on this island. It’s an opportunity to showcase this beautiful place to the world, and what better way to do so than by hosting one of the largest sporting competitions in the world.

“The IRFU has secured the backing of governments both North and South as well as other sporting bodies such as the GAA and the FAI. By working together, they have been able to offer the full complement of stadia needed to host such a major tournament. 

“In recent weeks we had a very successful Women’s Rugby World Cup with record attendances, hosted in Dublin and Belfast demonstrating our capability of hosing such events. In addition to stadia needed to host games, for tournaments such as this competing teams travel up to six weeks in advance of the tournament and set up training camps. 



He continued, “This is an ideal opportunity for sporting bodies, local authorities and central government to work together and invest in our sporting infrastructure, not just to provide facilities for world class teams to train but also leave a lasting positive legacy for communities to enjoy long after the tournament has finished.

“Should Ireland be successful in its bid, the economic, tourism and sporting boost together with the pride this island will experience would be unprecedented. It’s anticipated the games could attract as many as 445,000 overseas visitors and can generate as much as €750million for our economy.



“The enormous opportunities for our construction, hospitability, tourism and sporting sectors are within our grasp.

McNulty added, “We have an opportunity to show the world what the Irish can do when we put our minds to it and we hope to be welcoming the world to Ireland in 2023.”

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