Ireland, led by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, bid ambassador Brian O'Driscoll, and IRFU chief executive Philip Browne, delivered their presentation bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup to the World Rugby Council in London today, confident they've ticked every box.

It brings to the boil seven years of planning and execution, 

Browne said the presentation was "very well received" and spoke of the strong belief that Ireland has all the tools to host the event.

He also outlined the financial package backing up the bid, airing his confidence that it satisfies Rugby World Cup's desire for a host that can provide a risk-free, commercially successful tournament.

"It was 30 minutes. We were very well-received," Browne said of the presentation.

"We went through our presentation in the full 30 minutes and answered a number of questions.

"The questions probably mirror some of the floor here today. One of them was about infrastructure, Brexit and another about corporate hospitality. We were able to answer those questions without any great issue.

"As the process has gone on, we've become more and more confident of the credibility of our financial package and the bid that we've put together.

"When this whole process and World Rugby sent out the invitation to tender, we listened very carefully to what they had to say.

"Obviously they want commercial success, obviously the tournament means everything to Rugby World Cup because it's their only revenue source for a four-year period, and also they wanted no risk.

"Working with the government north and south we've put together a financial package, which I can't go into the detail of. What I can say is we have provided every guarantee which is preferred by Rugby World Cup."

The Irish Government will pay the tournament fee of €136m and has also underwritten the entire cost of the World Cup.

The Taoiseach described the opportunity to host the tournament as "a very good business case" for the Irish economy.

"The government is underwriting the tournament in the confidence and reasonable expectation that there will be a  net return to the Irish economy because of the number of visitors and economic impact in terms of VAT and excise," he said.

"It makes it a very good business case, not just for the IRFU and World Rugby, but also the Irish economy and the Irish tax payer.

"The tournament fee only arises if we get the tournament and falls due in 2023 so it's not much that is not this year or next year. It's a future liability and one that is in investment with a much greater economic return."