IRFU President makes sure to remind Wales of Irish anger at Rugby World Cup snub
“Did you express your disappointment with the Welsh Rugby Union for not supporting Ireland's Rugby World Cup bid?" "What do you think? Of course.”
IRFU President Philip Orr revealed that the visiting Welsh delegation were left in no doubt as to the IRFU’s displeasure with the lack of Welsh support for Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.
Ireland lost out in a bid to host the competition to France, but were slighted by a lack of support from the unions in Scotland, who voted for France to host the competition, and Wales, who voted for South Africa.
Orr was interviewed by Sinead Kissane of TV3 in the build-up to today’s clash between the sides at the Aviva Stadium and assured Kissane and TV viewers that the issue was raised when the IRFU met the visiting Welsh delegation on Friday night.
.@SineadKissane: Did you express your disappointment with the Welsh Rugby Union for not supporting Ireland's Rugby World Cup bid? #TV3Rugby #IREvWAL
Phil Orr, IRFU President: pic.twitter.com/rpc1m66OHc
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Orr also revealed that relations remained cordial between the unions, or at least they did before kick-off; fingers crossed Joe Schmidt’s side will give him something else to shout about once the final whistle goes at the Aviva later on.