In line with the resolution of the United Arab Emirates to adopt 4 and a half day workweeks, so the weekend now includes Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday, World Rugby confirmed the modification of the dates of the 2021 Rugby World Cup Final Qualifying Tournament from February 19 to 25, 2022.
To be played at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, the tournament will modify the originally announced dates. Scotland, Samoa, Colombia and the winner of the play-off between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan – to be played on February 13 as part of the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship – will compete for the last available place in Rugby World Cup 2021, to be played in New Zealand between October 8 and November 12, 2022.
The Final Classification Tournament will have a semi-final and final format, on two dates. The teams were seeded according to the World Rugby women’s ranking boosted by Capgemini as of December 20, 2021, with Scotland facing Colombia and Samoa against Hong Kong / Kazakhstan in the semifinals.
Taking into account the heat and humidity of Dubai in February, the games will be played during the afternoon / evening, according to the following schedule (local times):
– February 19, 2022: 16:30 – Semifinal 1, Scotland v Colombia
– February 19, 2022: 7:00 p.m. – Semifinal 2, Samoa v Hong Kong / Kazakhstan
– February 25, 2022: 16:30 – Play-off third and fourth place – semi-final loser 1 v semi-final loser 2
– February 25, 2022: 7:00 p.m. – Final, Winner SF1 v Winner SF2
It will be the first time that the women’s version of Rugby World Cup has a Final Qualifying Tournament, offering teams a second path to qualification. The winner will secure their position in Group A alongside hosts New Zealand, Australia and Wales next year.
Eleven teams have already secured their place at Rugby World Cup 2021, including New Zealand, England, France, Canada, the United States, Australia and Wales, ranked from the ranking in Ireland 2017, South Africa, Fiji, Italy and Japan, which they sorted across regions.
Source: World Rugby