Ireland's Rugby World Cup qualifier with Spain on 13 March has been postponed.

Adam Griggs' side were due to play Spain on what would have effectively been a semi-final play-off for qualification for the 2021 Rugby World Cup.

The winners of that game were due to face either Scotland or Italy in May for a place in the World Cup, however with World Rugby poised to rubber-stamp the postponement of the showpiece tournament until 2022, all qualification games have been put on hold.

The Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee will meet on 8 and 9 March respectively to ratify the World Cup postponement, with the tournament set to be played "next year". 

As a result all qualification games have been put hold until the outcome of that meeting, with dates for the re-fixtures as yet unknown.

"The recommendation is based on the evolution of the uncertain and challenging global Covid-19 landscape," the organisers said when announcing the postponed of the World Cup. 

"It has become clear in recent discussions with key partners including New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Government and participating unions, that, given the scale of the event and the Covid-19-related uncertainties, it is just not possible to deliver the environment for all teams to be the best that they can be on the sport's greatest stage."

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