Ireland Women will begin their delayed Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifying campaign at the start of December.

The European Qualifiers were due to be held in September but were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rugby Europe today confirmed that the qualification process will be made up of a single round-robin tournament on the weekends of 5, 12 and 19 December. 

Adam Griggs's side will face Scotland, Italy and the winners of October’s Women’s Rugby Europe Championship, with the winner qualifying automatically for the New Zealand tournament and the runner-up destined for a final qualification event next year. 

Italy and Scotland will meet on the opening weekend, with full fixture details to be confirmed in November.

Ireland have two games outstanding from the 2020 Women’s Six Nations and will play Italy and France on the weekends of 24 and 31 October.

Earlier today Scotland confirmed that Irishman Philip 'Goose' Doyle has stepped away from his position as head coach.