Irish Rugby League (IRL) players will be given the chance to participate in the 2038 Rugby World Cup in France.
It’s a move which has attracted a lot of attention from Irish fans.
IRL chairman, Richard O’Brien, made the announcement on Monday morning on the IRFU’s official website.
He said that the tournament would be run under the IRF umbrella.
He added that the players will get the chance “to experience what it is like to compete at the highest level of rugby league”.
The tournament will take place in 2022.
It will be played on the banks of the Seine, the location of the famous Paris Saint-Germain stadium.
IRF president and CEO John Feehan said he hoped the decision would allow Irish rugby to become a world power.
“The players will have the opportunity to compete in a world class competition in France and will be able to share their experiences with their families,” he said.
“We believe the World Cup will provide a great opportunity for the game and the world to see Irish rugby grow.”
The World Cup was set to take place next year but was postponed in November due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus.
The IRFU had planned to host the tournament in 2021.
Ireland are currently in third place in the Six Nations and will face Scotland in Cardiff on November 1.
In 2016, Ireland played in the World Rugby Sevens Series in France, but the tournament was scrapped because of the pandemic.
The tournament was later rescheduled to be held in 2019, but a major security incident at the start of the tournament left players stranded in the French port city of Marseille.
The World Rugby tournament was also scheduled to be played in England in 2020, but that was scrapped after a number of incidents, including a plane crash and the deaths of a number, including three people.
Ireland won the 2019 tournament in France but failed to qualify for the Rugby World Series in 2021, with the Irish contingent in the competition finishing sixth.
IRFU Chairman Richard O”Mr Feehan, we would like to congratulate the IRFs players on their participation in the 2018 World Cup.
We believe the game is one that has the potential to be a global force and we wish them all the best in the future.”