Scotland could face holders England in the pool stage of next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland if they can win their play-off match.
Yesterday’s draw saw England, crowned world champions two years ago after beating Canada in Paris, grouped with the United States, Italy and a European qualifier.
The remaining European place will be filled by Scotland or Spain, who meet over two legs in Glasgow and Madrid later this month to decide the fourth Pool B team.
Host nation Ireland are in Pool C, where they will be joined by France, Australia and either Fiji, Hong Kong or Japan.
And Wales will be in Pool A alongside New Zealand and Canada, plus the Asia/Oceania qualifying section runners-up.
The tournament takes place from 9-26 August next year, with pool games being played in Dublin and the play-off rounds taking place in Belfast, where Wednesday’s draw was held.
The eighth Women’s World Cup final is scheduled for 26 August at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.