RTÉ has confirmed what we revealed on Tuesday that it will be covering the Irish women’s Rugby team as they bid to secure a place at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The match against Scotland in the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi is a do-or-die game in the Qualifiers.

All four teams go into the final round of games on five points With Italy on top in points difference, plus ten ahead of Ireland, with Spain and Scotland filling the places.

The criteria for winning the event and securing a guaranteed spot in the Finals is on the basis of a head to head between two teams in the event of a tie.

The only way this would apply though is if Ireland draw with Scotland after Italy and Spain have also drawn.

That game is to be played before the Ireland match so we will know that a win will be needed to come first if Italy have won or to come second and head for the last chance Global qualification playoff if Spain have caused another upset.

If Ireland lose then they are out. In March 2015 Ireland beat Scotland by 73-3 but since then things have been closer. The last time they met it was a four-point winning margin while Scotland won at Energia Park in the 2018 Six nations.

Daire O’Brien will be joined by Louise Galvin in the studio with Fiona Coghlan alongside Des Curran on commentary. The game kicks off at 5.00 pm with full live commentary also on RTÉ Radio 1’s Saturday Sport.

Later at 7.00 pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player Jacqui Hurley will be in Thomond Park alongside Jamie Heaslip, Niamh Briggs and Peter Stringer as Munster get their inaugural URC campaign up and running against South Africa’s Cell C Sharks. Donal Lenihan will join Hugh Cahill on commentary with Bernard Jackman reporting from pitchside.


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