Ireland formally launched their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Dublin.

Dick Spring, the bid’s oversight board chairman, announced Ireland’s entry to the ‘candidate’ phase with France and South Africa also vying to be hosts.

“We intend to ensure Ireland’s proposition will be world class and compelling,” he said.

“We believe Ireland is ready to stage a Rugby World Cup, a tournament that will capture the imagination of the world.”

Ireland formally announced their bid in December 2014 and a final decision on the hosts will be made in November next year.

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