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Ireland, Northern Ireland considering joint bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

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DUBLIN - Ireland and Northern Ireland are considering a joint bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Sports and tourism ministers from both governments met in Armagh and agreed to set up a working group to draw up a road map for a bid, and report back to their governments in a few months.

Northern Ireland sports minister Caral Ni Chuilin said they're investing 110 million pounds ($182 million) in upgrading Belfast stadiums, including Ulster's Ravenhill home, but they had a lot of work ahead to be in position for a successful bid.

Michael Ring, an Ireland minister for tourism and sports, said the World Cup was likely the biggest sporting event the island could stage.

"An event of this scale will not only have a great benefit for rugby but will also raise the profile of what sport can do for the country," Ring said.

"The Rugby World Cup is probably the largest event we could ever host on our own on the island. Sport is a great unifier, it brings people together and large events like this can also bring about a great sense of pride."

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