IRFU: We need Croker for World Cup bid

Updated: March 21, 2012

The IRFU’s plans to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be reliant on the GAA opening the doors of Croke Park to rugby once more according to IRFU head Philip Browne.

Irish rugby’s organisational body has been in discussions about the possibility of launching a bid for the event which was held in New Zealand last year.

However, according to Browne, GAA headquarters would be vital to any attempt to secure Rugby’s international showpiece.

“I’m sure at some point in time if we wanted to progress it, we would need to sit down and talk about Croke Park” said Browne

“Our existing facilities would be adequate enough in terms of the quality, there just isn’t enough of them”

Ireland has hosted several World Cup matches before most recently at the 1999 World Cup which was held in Wales.

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