Ireland has triumphantly returned to the world stage, having secured their place in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025 with an impressive performance. This achievement marks a significant improvement and highlights Ireland’s growing prowess in international rugby.

A Remarkable Turnaround

Under the guidance of coach Scott Bemand, Ireland has made remarkable progress. Bemand, who led the team to victory in WXV 3 in Dubai last October, saw his squad face a crucial match against Scotland to secure their World Cup spot.

In a rainy Belfast, Ireland emerged victorious with a 15-12 win over Scotland. Despite falling behind twice, Ireland showed resilience with tries from Katie Corrigan and substitute Clíodhna Moloney. Dannah O’Brien secured the win with a decisive penalty kick in the 73rd minute, ensuring Ireland’s place in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025.

Climbing the World Rankings

This victory is expected to boost Ireland’s position in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings, contingent on the USA’s performance against Canada in the World Rugby Pacific Four Series. A loss for the Women’s Eagles would see Ireland leapfrog them in the rankings, highlighting Ireland’s growing stature in the rugby world.

Looking Forward to WXV 1

Ireland’s successful campaign not only guarantees their participation in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025 but also qualifies them for WXV 1 in Canada later this year. Here, they will compete against the top teams, including England and France.

As the host nation for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025, England has automatically qualified. Joining them with direct qualifications are Canada, France, and New Zealand, who finished in the top four at the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.

Regional Qualification Pathways

In 2024, six more teams will earn their spots in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025 through regional competitions. The highest-ranked or winning teams from Asia, Africa, Europe (now confirmed as Ireland), Oceania, South America, and the Pacific Four Series will secure their places in the tournament.

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