Ireland have to go through the qualifying stages for the first time ahead of the next Women's Rugby World Cup in 2021.

The top seven teams at the last competition have qualified automatically for the tournament in New Zealand.

Ireland, as hosts in 2017, finished eighth last time out after losing to Wales in the 7th and 8th place play-off in Belfast.

Adam Griggs' side will face games in September 2020 against Italy, Scotland, and the winner of the 2020 Rugby Europe's women's championship, with only one of these nations set to take up their place at the finals.

The Girls in Green lost to the Azzurri in this year's Six Nations tournament, while the Scots came away from Donnybrook with the points in 2018.

Other qualifying events are set to take place in Oceania, Asia, and Africa. The schedule of regional qualification tournaments will be announced later this year.

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