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Irish girls are ready to take on the World

By Emma Patterson

Published 10/11/2016

World in motion: Ireland players (from left) Claire McLaughlin, Alison Miller, Niamh Briggs and Nora Stapleton follow their side’s fortunes at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup pool draw at Belfast City Hall yesterday
World in motion: Ireland players (from left) Claire McLaughlin, Alison Miller, Niamh Briggs and Nora Stapleton follow their side’s fortunes at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup pool draw at Belfast City Hall yesterday

The roadmap to the eighth Women's Rugby World Cup final at Ulster's Kingspan Stadium next August unfolded at Belfast City Hall yesterday.

Ireland's girls were drawn in a tough pool, including France and Australia, in a draw made by World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, former Irish captain Fiona Coghlan, Rugby World Cup 2014 winner Maggie Alphonsi and Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters.

The tournament takes place from August 9-26 next year, with pool games being played in Dublin and the play-off rounds taking place in Belfast, which will also host the final at Kingspan on August 26.

Ireland's skipper and top Rugby World Cup points scorer Niamh Briggs said: "When you get to the World Cup, it's about playing the best. "

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