The Ireland women's hockey team have qualified for the World Cup.

A 23-0 win for already-qualified Australia against Papua New Guinea in the Oceania Cup earlier on means that Ireland, as next in line after finishing seventh in last July's World League, landed the spot in next summer's tournament in London. 

It is the first time since 2002 that the team have qualified and will be just the fourth time in the 43-year history of the tournament that Ireland Women will take part. 

"We're delighted to receive confirmation of qualification as this was our No 1 objective for 2017," said head coach Graham Shaw.

"We want to be competing in all major competitions and the World Cup in London will be special since Great Britain won the gold medal in Rio. I am sure they will put on a fantastic show that we are proud to now be a part of."

Ireland's men's and women's teams have now qualified for their respective World Cups. The men last reached it 1990.

The women will play a number of single nation match series against Scotland and Great Britain in March as well as a tri-nations tournament in January in Spain, with Belgium, the recent European silver medallists also featuring.

The men will start their programme after Christmas, attending the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia in March. They'll also play a tri-nation tournament in Spain with the Netherlands at the end of January