Sinn Féin Foyle MP Elisha McCallion has expressed her disappointment that Ireland has missed out to South Africa as the preferred candidate as the location for hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The Foyle MP said
“I disappointed that Ireland has not been chosen by the Rugby World Cup Board as the preferred candidate as the location for hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Those behind Irelands bid have said they will continue to lobby right up until the World Rugby Council makes it final decision in London on the 15th November and we wish them well in their efforts.
Regardless of the final decision it should not stop us from constantly being on the lookout for bringing large scale sporting tournaments to Ireland with Derry and wider region being part of those plans.