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England could face Scotland at women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland

Published 09/11/2016

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont with former England international Maggie Alphonsi during the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup pool draw at Belfast City Hall.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont with former England international Maggie Alphonsi during the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup pool draw at Belfast City Hall.

Reigning champions England could face Scotland in their pool at next year's Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

Scotland must beat Spain over two legs in a play-off later this month to join England, Italy and the USA in Pool B.

Hosts Ireland have been drawn in Pool C along with France and Australia while Wales are in Pool A with Canada and New Zealand.

The winner and runner-up of the Asia/Oceania qualifiers between Fiji, Hong and Japan will complete Pool C and Pool A respectively.

It represents a tough draw for Wales, given New Zealand won four consecutive World Cups between 1998 and 2010, and Canada reached the final two years ago where they were beaten 21-9 by England.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: "The last Women's Rugby World Cup in France was a watershed moment for the women's game, with record crowds and massive TV audiences watching across the world.

"There are some fantastic matches in store in August and, with over two million women and girls currently playing the sport, I have no doubt that next year's Women's Rugby World Cup in Dublin and Belfast will be a fantastic event and encourage many more women and girls to get involved with the sport."

The tournament will run from August 9 to 26 next year, with the pool stages taking place at UCD Bowl in Dublin before moving to Belfast for the semi-finals and the final.

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