Disappointment over Ireland's 2023 rugby world cup bid
There will be enormous disappointment that, on the basis of a recommendation from a key organising committee yesterday, Ireland is unlikely to be given the huge opportunity of staging the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
It would have been an historic occasion for the entire country, with massively positive implications on a range of fronts, but yesterday's assessment by the technical review group indicated that South Africa will get the nomination when a final vote is taken in London on November 15.
While the report specifically noted the planning uncertainties surrounding Casement Park in Belfast, which was part of the Irish proposal, the indications are that South Africa provided a stronger overall infrastructure as well as commercial advantages.
However, the considerable praise which officials offered to the Irish bid means there will still be hope that the tournament could come to these shores in the foreseeable future.