Ireland will learn whether they have convinced World Rugby to endorse their bid to host the Rugby World Cup in six years time in a matter of hours.
The world governing body announces its recommendation for the 2023 host on Tuesday morning. Ireland, France and South Africa will be casting anxious glances at computer screens as World Rugby releases the name of the preferred candidate following an exhaustive technical appraisal of the three bids.
Council members are not bound by the recommendation and they will ultimately decide who hosts the showpiece. Their recommendation will be supported by a 220-page document of data in support of the verdict and it would take a lot of persuasion to convince a council member to go against it.