The Irish women found out their destination and group opponents for the World League semi-finals on the day it was confirmed they have moved up to 15th in the world rankings.
It comes following their successful World League Round 2 campaign in Malaysia, winning the competition in some style. With Italy ending in third place, Ireland moved above their European rivals on the world list.
As a result, they have been formally confirmed to travel to Wits Hockey Club in Johannesburg, South Africa between July 8 and 22. There, they will be placed in Pool A with England (world number 2), Germany (7), Japan (11) and Poland (18).
In the other group are Argentina (3), USA (6), India (12), South Africa (13) and Chile (20). To reach the World Cup from the tournament, there are initially five guaranteed tickets to the 2018 event in London available but a seventh – or even eighth – place finish is likely to earn a place due to the tickets available for the continental champions.
On the men’s side, Ireland (ranked 9th) have been placed in Pool B in Johannesburg between July 9 and 23. They will face Germany (3), Belgium (5), South Africa (15) and Egypt (19).
Australia (2), New Zealand (8), Spain (10), Japan (16) and France (17) are in the other group. The FIH is currently finalising the event schedules with partners and will announce shortly.