Hollywood star Liam Neeson is helping Ireland to ratchet up their all-out charm offensive bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023.
The Antrim-born movie star has narrated this video entitled "Ready For The World" to accompany the 2023 World Cup bid, launched in Dublin today.
Former Ireland star Brian O’Driscoll, who is working as an ambassador for the bid campaign, said: “We are ready to bring the world to us, to share in our heritage and create a tournament in 2023 that would be both unique and legendary, a Rugby World Cup full of timeless memories for all.”
12 Stadia have been announced as being part of the bid.
Croke Park, the Aviva and the RDS Arena are the Dublin venues while the Munster venues include Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Thomond Park and Fitzgerald stadium Killarney.
Nowlan Park in Kilkenny is also on the list along with Pearse Stadium Galway , McHale Park Castlebar , Celtic park Derry , Kingspan Stadium Belfast and Casement park Belfast.
Former Tanaiste and Irish rugby international Dick Spring is the Chairman of the of bid oversight board.
He said: “It’s going to be tough but we have to make sure that our bid is a superb bid. We have to satisfy all the requirements of the World Board, which primarily are one. that it be successful financially and two, that it be good for the game.
“They are trying to spread the game across the world.”