March 10, 2021
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Women's XVs world cup postponed to 2022

The 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup scheduled for September has been postponed to next year due to the impact and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic around the globe.

World Rugby has reaffirmed its commitment to delivering a spectacular Rugby World Cup tournament in New Zealand in 2022 after its Executive Committee formally ratified the recommendation.

The committee will fund a Rugby World Cup 2021 high performance preparation and competition programme for qualified teams and teams still competing in the qualification process and will fork out a £2million funding package.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said they recognise team officials will be extremely disappointed but assures the decision has been made entirely in the interests of team welfare, well-being and preparation and the desire to put on a showcase tournament that will super-charge women’s rugby globally.

“Given the number of athletes and personnel arriving from numerous locations, recent COVID-19 developments mean that it is simply not possible to guarantee optimal conditions for all teams to prepare for their pinnacle event, with continued uncertainties regarding training and match preparation.”

“The top players in the women’s game should be guaranteed the stage that they deserve, with the opportunity for their family and friends to be able to attend, and also the wider national and international rugby family. Postponement by a year should enable us to enjoy the benefits of the global vaccination programme, easing the burden on international travel requirements and within New Zealand itself.

“We will be investing over £2million into an international competition schedule for teams to ensure they are at their best for 2022.”

Dates for the postponed tournament to be held in Auckland and Whangarei will be announced after consultation with tournament stakeholders.

By Romeka Romena 


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