Kevin Potts

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French rugby president Bernard Laporte  in London on November  15th after France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis

At the end of several World Cup 2023 bid presentations, in far-flung rugby outposts, the hosts would wonder aloud: “What are you going to do for us?” (...)

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup head of bid Kevin Potts pictures with IRFU chief executive Philip Browne back in March after a two-day site visit by the World Rugby Technical Review Group. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish Times has learned that Ireland’s overall financial bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup closely matched South Africa’s commercial offer and (...)

Ireland’s bid director and IRFU’s chief operating officer Kevin Potts (right): “We have reflected on the report in a measured way; we haven’t panicked.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will canvass World Rugby Council members over the next fortnight to persuade them that, despite finishing behind South Africa and France in a (...)

If Ireland had won Tuesday’s recommendation it would be acutely disappointed not to win the rights to host the 2023 tournament itself, as South Africa would be now. Photograph: Getty Images

The shows goes on. Kevin Potts, the IRFU chief operating officer and the Ireland 2023 bid director, admitted to “initial disappointment”. However, he (...)

The Ireland women’s rugby team were singularly unimpressed by the IRFU announcement of a six-month part-time coach.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“The successful delivery of the Women’s Rugby World Cup is of huge importance for the future growth of the game in Ireland.” – Kevin Potts, head of Ir(...)

 A view of Ireland’s proposal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If their press conferences at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington were any yardstick whatsoever, the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was c(...)

 Ireland’s Rugby World Cup    bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; and Ireland 2023 oversight board chairman   Dick Spring. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Monday marks another significant landmark in the three-way battle between Ireland, South Africa and France for the right to host the 2023 World Cup. T(...)

IRFU CEO Philip Browne:  “We have put a really, really forceful proposal on the table to Rugby World Cup.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland team behind the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup has declared that, compared to previous World Cups, the financial offer will be the l(...)

Bob Geldof: lending his voice to support Ireland’s bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Rugby World Cup bid will bring Rock ‘n’ Roll and Hollywood glamour to London later this month as Bono, Bob Geldof and Liam Neeson try to imp(...)

A banner at the Aviva Stadium during the Guinness November series.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Unlike previous World Cup bidding processes, the three-way contest to host the 2023 tournament appears less likely to come down to behind-the-scenes m(...)

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