Ah I think we Irish can spot a bit of plamas can’t we? Sure we are capable in that Antarctica isn’t, but that’s where it ends.
It was a real kick though the way that the Italians and Welsh did us, but then again that seems to be the nature of how rugby has gone. Look at he steadfast refusal to change the six nations to help up and coming European countries. The Scottish stance and that world rugby wanted “at least” €120 million to develop the game ( where, given that attitude of the six nations?) says it all.
I can understand New Zealand feeling worried that they’ll never get it again as well, the criteria have changed a lot from 2011 to 2023. I’m surprised the likes of Italy didn’t go for it.
But the hubris is still there. The whole " it’s their loss" attitude from o Driscoll and co yesterday is actually part of the bids problem from day one.