Learning from the blow of a third-place finish

We are a small nation - and big sport is getting bigger all the time

1st November, 2017
Ireland 2023 bid team 'has little to lose by tackling hard'. Pic: Getty

It is only a recommendation and the final decision will be taken at a meeting of the World Rugby Council on November 15th.

But the wind was clearly leaving the sails of the Irish bid team in that first hour yesterday when they had exclusive time to consider the comprehensive 139-page report.

Two appendices have been redacted on grounds of commercial sensitivity, so we do not have a full picture, but we certainly have enough...

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