Dave Cahill wrote:nc6000 wrote:Dave Cahill wrote:
Its very frustrating, I think that without this issue Ireland would win the bid. We have the stadia, the travel framework, the hotel beds. We can offer everything to the rugby fan from a weekender to a longer stay, urban and rural. This is our best chance and its being seriously endangered by these small minded little englander bigots.
Not sure I agree with this.
Say for example if two games were on in Thurles on the same weekend. How would 80,000 odd fans get to and from Thurles? Where would they stay? Then factor in that the same could be happening in Cork, Limerick and Dublin at the same time and I find it hard to see we have the capacity here to host it.
The same way as the fifty odd thousand fans get to and from Thurles every Munster final thats played there, only twice. Tipperary, for example, has only marginally fewer hotel beds than Cardiff. And as anyone who has attended a game in Cardiff will know, theres nothing compelling you to stay in the same place the game is on - Swansea, Llanelli, Newport for example are all places that Irish fans stay in regularly when their team is playing in Cardiff. Kilkenny, LImerick and Portlaoise are all in and around an hour away for example. I've actually never spent a night in Cardiff despite being at a number of games in the CCS, AP and the PS.
But thats part of the planning, you simply load balance the fixtures to make sure than the infrastructure can cope.
Agree with you Dave, plenty of hotels and other accommodation, the main travel infrastructure is ok as well as a lot of travel in Ireland is by coach anyway and there is a pretty good supply to handle the needs.
Still think the Brexit lark is the big fly in the eye of it all and will depend on how easy it is to bullshit World Rugby on possibe consequences