BOD has been appointed to Ireland Rugby World Cup board
International rugby’s most capped player Brian O’Driscoll has been appointed to the Oversight Board for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid.
BOD is joined by another household name, former Ireland international and Tanaiste, Dick Spring.
Mr Spring has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, while Dr David Dobbin, Group Chief Executive, Dale Farm and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Ulster Branch IRFU, has been appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board.
Brian O’Driscoll has been appointed as Bid Ambassador.
The former Ireland captain took to Twitter saying:
Delighted to be part of Ireland's 2023 RWC Bid Board. Hopefully a great opportunity to showcase the best of Ireland.— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) May 14, 2015
Also on the board will be former Ireland international Hugo MacNeill, Chief Executive of the IRFU Philip Browne, Ulster Rugby’s CEO Shane Logan and the GAA’s director General Páraic Duffy.
The host selection process for 2023 Rugby World Cup will begin with a briefing for interested Member Unions in Twickenham in June.
The bid tender process will last some 2 years, with final presentations being made to the World Rugby Council in May 2017.
Today it was announced that Ireland will host the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017.
The IRFU intends to host the tournament pool stages at University College Dublin before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queens University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium.
It is a huge coup for Ireland and the women's team who are the current Six Nations champions.