Sunday, March 08, 2015

Why letting Ireland host WRWC2017 is a "no-brainer"

Of course the awarding of host status for major international tournaments should be based primarily on things like infrastructure and local appetite for the sport in question.

But assuming that Ireland can deliver such things, I reckon the table below clearly demonstrates that as a rugby nation Ireland are not only well overdue to host a rugby world championship of come sort, I'd go so far as to say that surely by the year 2023 we should have hosted all three major competitions (Men's World Cup, Junior World Championship & Women's World Cup) at least once.

Yes, I know we have hosted individual World Cup matches here before but still I think it's fair to say that proportionally it doesn't come near reflecting the increase in popularity in the game on these shores, particularly in the professional era.

And one more thing...if someone asked you about Holland and the World Cup in 1998 you would surely think about Denis Bergkamp, Edwin van der Sar and Edgar Davids...and definitely NOT the fact that the Women's Rugby World Cup was played there that year.

Sorry, no offence to any form of Dutch rugby but if they can get a WRWC (and Spain too for that matter), then Ireland definitely should.  

I could harp on various points like the rapid growth of the game here and the success our team has had in recent years like a Grand Slam and defeating New Zealand but I'll leave it to the blazers to make the more sophisticated arguments to World Rugby.  But I'm not sure those are even required.  We're due.

Happy International Women's Day. #COYGIG JLP

 RWCJWCWRWC
1987NZ  
1988   
1989   
1990   
1991ENG WAL
1992   
1993   
1994  SCO
1995SA  
1996   
1997   
1998  HOL
1999WAL  
2000   
2001   
2002 SASPA
2003AUSENG 
2004 SCO 
2005 ARG 
2006 FRACAN
2007FRA  
2008 WAL 
2009 JAP 
2010 ARGENG
2011NZITA 
2012 SA 
2013 FRA 
2014 NZFRA
2015ENGITA 
2016   
2017  ???
2018   
2019JAP  

Some tournaments were shared between different hosts...the nations in above table hosted the final

Note - from 2002-2006 the JWC was and Under-21 tournament, it was Under-20 from 2008.

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