World Rugby’s plan to host the next Women’s World Cup in New Zealand next September has been shelved as the sport’s governing body has admitted more time is needed in order to stage the best tournament possible.
A World Rugby statement on the Women’s World Cup finals delay said: “World Rugby has made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of Rugby World Cup 2021, scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand between September 18-October 16 until next year”. The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup board and World Rugby executive committee on March 8 and 9 respectively.
While appreciating the recommendation is extremely disappointing for teams and fans, it has their interests at heart, and gives the tournament the best opportunity to be all it can be for them, all New Zealanders and the global rugby family. The recommendation is based on the evolution of the uncertain and challenging global Covid-19 landscape.