Rugby-loving ‘revellers at a party hosted by Heino Heineken – the Official Worldwide Partner to Rugby World Cup 2019- ahead of the tournament kick-off in Tokyo, Japan on September 20.
From top: ; from left: Alan Quinlan, Fiona Coughlan, Mario Rosenstock, Stephen Ferris, Andrea Farrell, Wayne Barnes, Malcolm O’Kelly; Fergal Walsh and Sarah Hession; from left: Mickie O’Loughlin, Conor White and Ian Cassells; from left: Alan Barnewell, Emma Barnewell, Michelle Sharkey and Colin Sharkey; from left: Sarah Hession, Tracey Walsh, Greg Starr, Peter James and Sarah Tobin; from left: lan Quinlan, Andrea Farrell, Fiona Coughlan, Malcolm O’Kelly, Wayne Barnes, Mario Rosenstock and Stephen Ferris
Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid team, including from left: Dick Spring, Kyran McLaughlin, Phil Orr and Brian O’Driscoll on their way to presenting the island of Ireland’s proposal to host the event in 2023.
The announcement of Ireland’s entry into the ‘candidate’ phase of the selection process to determine the host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. An all-island bid will compete against France and South Africa to host the championship.
From Top: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and unidentified; Enda Kenny; from left: Enda Kenny, former Tanaiste and rugby international Dick Spring, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross; Martin Mc Guinness, former Ireland Rugby International Brian O Driscoll, Enda Kenny and Dick Spring.
Ireland fly-half Ian Madigan salutes the crowd after Ireland beat France 24 – 9
“Ireland assured top spot in Rugby World Cup Pool D with an impressive victory over France at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium…Ireland will take on Argentina at the quarter-final stage next Sunday… However, this win came at a cost. Captain Paul O’Connell was stretchered off with a serious looking leg injury that may end his Irish career as he’s expected to announce his international retirement at the end of this tournament. Peter O’Mahony, Jonathan Sexton and Keith Earls were also taken off injured and are major doubts for next week.”
The fanzone at Millennium Stadium just before kick-off.