Women’s Rugby World Cup postponed
COVID-19 has caused the postponement of another major sporting event, with this year’s women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand to be delayed until 2022.
The tournament was to be held in September, but uncertainty over travel restrictions due to the pandemic has led to it being postponed.
The decision, as well as the shifting of the tournament to next year, will be confirmed at next week’s Rugby World Cup Board meeting.
Rugby Australia has already accepted World Rugby’s recommendation, with player safety being the priority.
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“It’s disappointing news for both our team and the wider Rugby community,” Rugby Australia’s general manager of women’s rugby Jilly Collins said.
“Ultimately, safety must be the number one priority. Furthermore, a tournament needs to be delivered that is fitting of the pinnacle event in the women’s rugby XVs calendar with all teams as best prepared as possible.
“We will regroup as a team at our training camp next week and our priority now is to work out our revised Test schedule for 2021.
“It goes without saying that the Wallaroos cannot wait to pull on the gold jersey as soon as possible.”
Rugby Australia is exploring options to ensure the Wallaroos – who gather in Canberra for a training camp next week – have a full program including international matches in 2021.
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