IRFU have not asked for use of Croke Park

Updated: December 15, 2011

GAA director general Páraic Duffy has said that the organisation has not had any contact from the IRFU with regard to the possible use of Croke Park for a potential 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.

Reports in recent days have suggested that the IRFU may be preparing a bid to host the World Cup in 12 years. If such a bid was to be realistic then Croke Park would almost certainly host the final. It is without question the largest stadium in the country and would have little difficulty staging the event.

However, Duffy claims that he has heard nothing from the IRFU about a bid.

“There has been no approach made to us at all on this subject,” Duffy told the Irish Times.

“Obviously Croke Park wouldn’t be a problem, as its use has been cleared by Central Council but the use of any other GAA grounds would require a change of rule.”

In 2005 the GAA agreed to open up Croke Park to rugby and soccer during the redevelopment of the old Lansdowne Road stadium. Central Council then subsequently approved the availability of the stadium for further matches should it be required.

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