The draw for the Finals of Rugby World Cup 2021 takes place in New Zealand this evening, at 6-15 our time and will determine the three groups of four teams that will compete to be crowned as the best of the best in International Women’s Rugby.

Ireland’s name will not be in the pots but we will be there in hope as the final three places from the Asia and European Qualifiers and the Final Qualification Tournament have yet to be determined.

We should have known back in August and then again in December but Covid-19 has seen the postponement of the qualifiers with no date yet set.

The Finals themselves are scheduled to take place in September and October 2021 in New Zealand so there is still time.

Ireland can qualify by winning the European Qualification Tournament or, if runner up in that, by winning the Final Qualification tournament against the runner up from the Asia and Oceana Qualifiers and the winner of a playoff between Kenya and Colombia.

We should make it but nothing is certain.

Ireland hosted the last Women’s Rugby World Cup Finals in 2017 at UCD and the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

This evening’s draw will be hosted by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden as well as All Black and Black Ferns stars Farah Palmer, Melodie Robinson and Dan Carter, and presenters Elma Smit and Ugo Moyne.

You will be able to watch the draw live here.


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