GAA behind rugby World Cup bid

Updated: August 18, 2012

The GAA will make Croke Park and other grounds around the country available for use if the IRFU is successful in its bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, according to the Irish Independent.

The paper reports today that the GAA Central Council will pass the proposal to supports the IRFU’s bid.

An amendment would need to be made to allow grounds other than Croke Park to be used for other sports, as HQ is currently the only GAA owned stadium not bound by the regulation prohibiting non-Gaelic games being held in association grounds.

The rugby world cup schedule begins in October so would not clash with any championship fixtures in the larger grounds.

GAA involvement is vital for any potential bid as currently only Landsdowne Road and Thomond Park would be acceptable options for the IRB.

The use of the ground by the IRFU would also help balance GAA books after the planned redevelopments of Casement Park in Belfast and Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork, expanding their capacity to 40,000 and 45,000 respectively.

The Association made €36m from the 2007-2010 renting of Croke Park to the FAI and IRFU while Landsdowne Road was being redeveloped.

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