Women’s World Cup postponed until 2022

Women’s World Cup which was scheduled to be played this year has been postponed to next year, World Rugby confirms.

It has also reaffirmed its commitment to delivering a spectacular tournament next year via the provision of a £2million funding package and a high-performance programme to help qualified teams and teams still competing in the qualification process quality preparation and game times.

In a statement, World Rugby said the decision to postpone this year’s tournament was taken following extensive discussions with New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Government and participating unions as a result of the continued impact and insurmountable uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Rugby will confirm dates for the postponed tournament later.

The postponement means the Fijiana XVs will have to wait another year to make their RWC debut. The Fijiana qualified for their first RWC after beating Samoa in the final round of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in 2019 in Fiji.

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