Bid to bring Rugby World Cup to Tipp

Tipperary County Council is to support a bid to bring World Cup rugby to the county in 2023.

Tipperary County Council is to support a bid to bring World Cup rugby to the county in 2023.

Semple Stadium has been submitted as a suitable ground in an IRFU application to host the event and council members want the work to be put in to back up the Thurles venue.

Six councillors tabled motions seeking the support of the local authority for the IRFU bid at a monthly meeting of the authority on Monday in Nenagh.

Cllr. David Doran said the council should do everything it could to back the IRFU who had listed Semple Statium as a suitable venue in its submission. He said the council should get behind the bid and thanked the GAA for their role.

Cllr. Jim Ryan proposed the establishment of a working group to back up Semple Stadium as a venue. Work had to begin now to make a case for Thurles as the decision was going to be made in two years time.

Cllr. Ryan said that while Semple Stadium was submitted by the IRFU, there was no guarantee that if the bid was successful that Semple Stadium would be approved as a venue.

“We should set up a working group now to convince the IRFU on Semple Stadium,” said Cllr. Ryan.

Cllr. Roger Kennedy said if a working group was established, work would have to be done on addressing the issue of a serious lack of accommodation in the town.

Chairman Michael Fitzgerald said it was important in the first place to ensure that the IRFU were successful in their bid and then Semple Stadium, Thurles and the county could fight their own case. “With everybody working together it can happen” said the chairman.