Ireland bid a possibility

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Philip Browne, the chief executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), has confirmed that a bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup is being considered by the country's sport stakeholders.

Browne told the Sunday Independent newspaper in the UK that political support for the bid would be crucial, particularly as the International Rugby Board requires the host country of the Rugby World Cup to commit a significant hosting fee, which will be Eur115m for the 2019 edition of the event in Japan. The newspaper added that Leo Varadkar, Irelands Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, is a keen proponent of a bid. Ireland currently has one of the most unstable economies in Europe, but New Zealands gross domestic product increased by 0. 8% in the third quarter of 2011, with economists having cited the positive impact of spending in relation to the Rugby World Cup. Other sources were quoted as saying that a 2023 Rugby World Cup bid from Ireland could feature Wales, Scotland or even England staging matches.

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