Plan to swing Rugby World Cup vote with lobbying ‘dogfight’

The Irish bid was dealt a blow last week when the technical assessors ranked Ireland third out of three

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
5th November, 2017
France’s Bernard Laporte Pic: Getty

Ireland’s bidding team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup is hanging its hopes on North America in the ‘dogfight’ for votes on November 15.

The Irish bid was dealt a blow last week when the technical assessors ranked Ireland third out of three.

The report has been criticised for selection criteria that would exclude all but France, England and South Africa, though it has also been criticised by France’s Bernard Laporte, who described...

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