Meet the Team

Meet The Team

The IRFU has assembled a world class team of outside experts supporting its own internal Commercial, Communications and Technical experts, under the direction of Kevin Potts, IRFU Chief Operating Officer, to mount Ireland’s campaign to host RWC 2023.

The team has extensive experience of bidding for major international sporting events and is now in the midst of compiling a compelling response to to World Rugby’s tender invitation.

The role of the Oversight Board is to approve bid strategy, oversee progress, liaise with the IRFU and both Governments and ensure the delivery of a ‘world class’ bid for RWC 2023 in Ireland.



RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board

The RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board is tasked with approving the bid strategy, overseeing progress, liaising with the IRFU and both Governments, and ensuring the delivery of a ‘world class’ bid for RWC 2023 on behalf of Ireland.

Dick Spring

Former Tánaiste and Irish rugby international.

Dr David Dobbin

Chairman of Belfast Harbour, Former Group Chief Executive, Dale Farm and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Ulster Branch IRFU.

Philip Browne

Chief Executive, IRFU.

Maeve Carton

Group Transformation Director, CRH plc, she has amassed extensive international business experience as part of the CRH management group since 1988.

Páraic Duffy

Director General, GAA.

Tom Grace

Former Irish International and Lion, current Chairman of the Lions Board and Honorary Treasurer IRFU.

Patrick Kennedy

Deputy Governor of Bank of Ireland and Chairman of CarTrawler; he was Chief Executive of Paddy Power plc. From 2006 to 2014.

Shane Logan

CEO, Ulster Rugby.

Hugo MacNeill

Chair of the initial joint RWC Working Group; he is a former Irish rugby international with a successful career in business.

Brian O’Driscoll

One of the world’s most capped international rugby players, board member with the role of Bid Ambassador.

Dame Mary Peters CH DBE RNR

Olympic pentathlon Gold medallist in 1972, one of Northern Ireland’s best known sports personalities, she is an activist in support of a range of Athletics and Charitable projects.

Padraig Slattery

Executive Chairman, PSG Communications Group

Ken Spratt

Assistant Secretary General, Dept Transport, Tourism & Sport.

Mike Thompson

Director, Department for The Economy.

Core Bid Team Leader

Kevin Potts

Ireland 2023 Bid Director, and COO, IRFU