Scotland's qualification journey so far

Scotland's qualification journey so far

​Scotland are one game away from a potential place at the Rugby World Cup 2021 as the countdown begins to this month’s Final Qualification Tournament in Dubai.

Scotland, Colombia and Kazakhstan are all still in contention of claiming a ticket to New Zealand later this year, with Scotland seeking to make their Rugby World Cup return having last featured in the tournament back in 2010.

As the top ranked team, Scotland will play in the final match of the tournament on Friday 25 February (kick-off 7pm local time / 3pm GMT). The side will face the winner of Kazakhstan v Colombia, with the semi-final taking place on Saturday 19 February.

This is the first time the women’s edition of Rugby World Cup has featured a Final Qualification Tournament, offering teams a second pathway to qualify for RWC 2021 with the winner booking their place in Pool A alongside hosts New Zealand, Australia and Wales.

11 teams have already booked their place at Rugby World Cup 2021, including New Zealand, England, France, Canada, USA, Australia and Wales, who qualified through their final ranking at Ireland 2017, and South Africa, Fiji, Italy and Japan who qualified through their regions.

In September 2021, Scotland kept their qualification ambitions in sight following back-to-back wins against Spain and Ireland in the RWC 2021 Europe Qualification tournament in Parma, Italy.

The Scots endured a tough start to the tournament, as eventual tournament winners Italy put in a solid opening performance to record a comprehensive 13-18 win.

The side rallied in dramatic fashion in the following match, as they were able to keep their composure in the final few minutes to hold off a dangerous looking Spanish side, securing a crucial 22-27 victory to keep their qualification chances alive.

As the final weekend approached, it was all to play for as each team entered the weekend with five points each on the table. Scotland produced a stunning performance in the final minutes to edge in front of Ireland, with Chloe Rollie crossing the line on the 80th minute to bring the sides to a level, before Sarah Law converted the try to seal the win.

This success has also seen them rise to an all-time record high of ninth in the Women’s World Rugby rankings.

It has been confirmed that BBC ALBA will continue its coverage of Scotland’s qualification journey, with fans being able to watch the action live on Friday 25 February.

The RWC 2021 Final Qualification Tournament will be live streamed across World Rugby and RWC 2021 digital and social platforms.

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