Paul O'Connell and Conor McGregor tie as Ireland's favourite male sports personality
A report published on Tuesday has shown that 68% of people either strongly agree or agree with Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The 2016 Phillip Lee Sports Report revealed a number of interesting habits about how the public's participation and level of interest in sport. The last report was commissioned in 2014.
Some of the key findings include:
Ireland are competing against South Africa and France to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Both of Ireland's competitors have experience of hosting large sporting events and have both hosted the Rugby and Football World Cups within the last 25 years.
Brian O'Driscoll. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
68% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with Ireland's bid to host the event with 76% believing that hosting such a massive major tournament will have positive impact on the economy.
Another interesting find was that former Irish rugby captain Paul O'Connell tied with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor as Ireland's favourite male sporting personality.
Katie Taylor is the outright women's winner.
The full report can be read here.
Philip Lee, Managing Partner, Philip Lee, Sarah Keane, President, Olympic Council of Ireland, John Treacy, CEO Sport Ireland and Ruairi Barclayat the launch of the report.