Here’s Ireland’s Extremely Strong Letter To World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper In Full

Dear Brett…

IRFU chief executive Phillip Browne has written a letter to World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, raising a number of serious concerns in relation to the evaluation report that ranked South Africa significantly higher in a number of key areas.

Firstly it questions how South Africa were given the highest marks for stadiums and ticketing despite “very clear examples in recent times of starkly empty stadia in South Africa for significant fixtures”. It adds: “The evaluation report does not appear to address this in any meaningful way.”

The letter also queries the letter fails to address concerns properly about South Africa being stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban after failing to meet commitments. The report stated that “SA Rugby confirmed that this matter is not relevant to RWC 2023 hosting.”

Ireland also quiz World Rugby in the letter in relation to the security rankings of each nation in the report. It asks asks if a “world class security organisation” was used in the process. All three countries were rated equally for security despite the high rate of violent crime in South Africa and several recent terrorist attacks in France.

The final point in the letter is in relation to the £120 millions tournament fee where South Africa once again came out on top.

Here it is in full with thanks to

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