The Women’s Rugby World Cup that was going to be disputed in New Zealand between September and October of the current year was postponed and would be played in 2022.
World Rugby has made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of Rugby World Cup 2021, scheduled to be played in New Zealand between September 18 and October 16, until next year. The recommendation will be discussed by the Rugby World Cup Council and the World Rugby Executive Committee on March 8 and 9 respectively.
The recommendation is based on the evolution of the uncertain and challenging global panorama of COVID-19. It was made clear in recent meetings with our key partners, including New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Government, and participating unions that, given the scale of the event and the lack of certainty related to COVID-19, it is simply not possible to generate the scope. so that all teams can give their best on the biggest stage of sport.
Challenges include the uncertainty and difficulty for teams to properly prepare for a tournament like Rugby World Cup, both before and upon arrival in New Zealand, and challenging travel restrictions around the world.