Wallaroos to face hosts at 2017 World Cup

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by Beth Newman

The Wallaroos will face hosts Ireland at next year's Women's World Cup, with the draw announced on Wednesday.

Australia has been drawn in Pool C alongside France and the Irish side, with an Oceania qualifier to fill the final spot in their group.

Canada, New Zealand and Wales are the first three qualifiers in Pool A, while reigning world champions England head up Pool B, with the USA and Italy the other two teams in that group.

Chairman Bill Beuamont was on hand to administer the draw in Belfast and said he expected big things from the tournament. 

"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," he said.

"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 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup kicks off in August in Ireland.