Ireland will welcome Estonia in their Zone Group II match. Ireland won the only match between the two teams when they met in a Zone Group III match in 1996. Ireland won that 3-0.
Ireland have been competing in Zone Group II since 2008 but have never had a promotion match. They have, however, been in two relegation matches, including in 2012 but they have survived both and will be looking to make the step up and challenge for promotion in 2013.
Estonia are competing in Zone Group II for a fourth consecutive year and are yet to face a relegation match since they were promoted to the Group. They have won their last three 1st round ties, only dropping 3 rubbers in the process and will be looking to challenge for promotion yet again in 2013.