Last weekend saw the battle to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup intensify.
South Africa, France and Ireland are all in the race for the hosting rights, although the two European sides have been deemed to be the front-runners in the race, just ahead of the Autumn vote.
The duo of Ireland and France for the last time before the vote met in a game, which saw the French team donning jerseys with #France2023 in a bid to promote their intents.
However, a report emanating on Monday in Midi-Olympique claimed that the French Rugby Federation (FFR) disclosed their displeasure with the way they were treated after the match.
Secretary General of the FFR, Christian Dullin claimed in the article that the treatment of the FFR by IRFU officials at a post-match banquet was like “us hosting other Unions at the snack bars under the stands at the Stade de France.” He also went on, saying that the IRFU was using such a protocol for the very first time.
The report also made it known that in the course of the game, the supporters and fans of the France Rugby team got wet. This was inspite of the Aviva Stadium roof put in place to cover a significant number of the fans.
Irish Independent correspondent, Cormac Bryne who spoke at The Pat Kenny Show believes that the report in the influential newspaper may not be unconnected with the upcoming bid for the 2023 World Cup.
“It appears to be very strategic. There’s something not quite right with [the report]. The press area is well into the stand. It’s only the first few row at the Aviva that you have any chance of getting some precipitation on. They are clearly speaking about Ireland’s ability to host the 2023 World Cup,” Bryne said.