A Tournament Like No Other

Ireland 2023 will capture the imagination of the world. We promise to stage a Rugby World Cup full of Irish spirit and commercial success, that will help drive rugby's global momentum.


The world's best fans

Ireland’s sports fans have famously lit up major events around the world. In 2023, they will welcome the world to the ultimate sporting party.

Fans dancing

A world famous welcome

Every Rugby World Cup visitor will be treated as a VIP in Ireland, whose people have been voted the world’s “most generous” hosts


Conor Murray celebrates

Rugby at the heart of Ireland's greatest- ever celebration

Ireland 2023 will unite a global audience around a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Irish culture and identity. The impact will be felt around the world, placing rugby on a unique stage

Meet the Team

Ready for the World



A gateway to the world

Ireland 2023 will reach beyond rugby's traditional nations by activating the 70 million-strong Irish diaspora to create a unique "global stadium"

Connecting rugby to new audiences worldwide

Viceroy Hotel

We will use the occasion of the greatest event ever staged on the island of Ireland to engage a diverse worldwide community connected by their Irish identity.

Our plans for the tournament promise to unlock significant new audiences for the game – and in key new and developing rugby markets


Setting new records for travelling fans

Dublin Airport

A diaspora ‘gathering’, centred on rugby, will help attract more overseas fans than any previous Rugby World Cup

A platform to grow rugby in North America

JVDF celebrate

Ireland 2023 will be a powerful catalyst to existing rugby development partnerships between the IRFU and the rugby community in North America.

A ‘rugby west’ legacy programme will combine with activities to engage almost 40 million North Americans of Irish heritage in celebration of Rugby World Cup.

Ireland will provide real impetus for rugby at a key moment for the sport’s growth in an important strategic market


Guaranteed Success

Ireland 2023 offers certainty – in delivery and commercial return. We will combine our island’s love of sport and world-famous welcome to stage an event of low risk, maximum reward and timeless memories.


Record commercial returns for World Rugby

Ireland will deliver the biggest commercial return in Rugby World Cup history.

Our record offer will enable unprecedented global grassroots investment in rugby.

Our commercial programme will benefit from Ireland’s buoyant economic outlook, anchored in Dublin’s dynamic tech sector, which is home to some of the world’s biggest and most exciting brands

A mountain scene

Total focus

Rugby World Cup will be a top priority for the Governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The tournament will be Ireland’s biggest – and only major sporting event – during the hosting window.

There will be no distraction for the host authorities, and no competition for the attention of Irish sports fans and sponsors


A world class international team

We’re committed to being great partners for World Rugby, building on Ireland’s global reputation as a great place to do business.

The Ireland 2023 team brings together trusted international experts from rugby and in key areas of sports event organisation


Bid Team


World-class venues overflowing with atmosphere

Ireland’s stadiums will deliver a uniquely atmospheric tournament


Stadiums in the heart of communities

Celtic Park

Our plan promotes authentic venues in the heart of major towns and cities.

In 2023, every match will take place at the centre of a citywide party.

The unique ethos of Rugby will be the cornerstone of the tournament’s success

Croke Park: a state-of-the-art final venue

Croke Park

Europe’s third-largest stadium, located in the centre of Dublin, will create an unrivalled and fitting showcase for Rugby World Cup’s biggest games

Every match venue guaranteed


100 per cent of our proposed venues are already secured for Rugby World Cup 2023


Rugby at heart tradition & legacy

Ireland promises a ‘real rugby’ tournament in one of the game’s original heartlands – the only founding union yet to host a Rugby World Cup. Ireland 2023 will celebrate the traditional culture and ethos of rugby to excite and inspire a new generation and new audiences worldwide


Capping a golden era

Rugby World Cup 2023 will be the pinnacle of an unprecedented period of success for Irish rugby.

The achievements of our national and provincial teams have turned our players into household names.

Ireland now boasts the highest percentage of rugby fans anywhere in the world. They will be the heart and soul of a tournament like no other.


Ireland in action

A legacy for rugby and rugby values

Ireland 2023 will drive the growth of the game in all its forms and further strengthen the important role of rugby in Irish society


Junior Rugby

A showcase for the power of rugby

Rugby World Cup will be a stage to share with the world the important, unifying role of Rugby in Irish history.

When the island was divided politically, rugby continued on an all-Ireland basis under the guidance of the IRFU.

More than 25 years after Nelson Mandela presented the Webb Ellis trophy in Johannesburg, Ireland can offer a timely reminder of sport’s unique power to bring people together. The values and potential of Rugby will shine again for a watching world.