The Black Ferns might have to attend till 2022 to defend their title after World Rugby strongly advised the Ladies’s World Cup be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- World Rugby says the challenges embody “uncertainty and the power for groups to arrange adequately” if the World Cup goes forward this yr
- Australia and New Zealand had been as a result of play the opening match on September 18
- This could be the second main girls’s sporting occasion in New Zealand to be postponed as a result of COVID-19
New Zealand is scheduled to host the occasion between September 18 and October 16, nonetheless, the date shall be reconsidered by the Rugby World Cup board and World Rugby govt committee subsequent week.
Twelve groups are set to take part with all matches to be performed in Auckland or Whangarei.
Australia had been scheduled to face the Black Ferns, who took out the 2017 World Cup in Eire, within the opening match on September 18.
World Rugby expressed its remorse to name for a postponement.
“Whereas appreciating the advice is extraordinarily disappointing for groups and followers, it has their pursuits at coronary heart and provides the match the very best alternative to be all it may be for them, all New Zealanders and the worldwide rugby household,” World Rugby mentioned.
“The advice relies on the evolution of the unsure and difficult international COVID-19 panorama. It has turn out to be clear in current discussions with key companions together with New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand authorities and collaborating unions, that, given the size of the occasion and the COVID-19-related uncertainties, it’s simply not doable to ship the setting for all groups to be the very best that they are often on the game’s biggest stage.
“The challenges embody uncertainty and the power for groups to arrange adequately for a Rugby World Cup match each earlier than and on arrival in New Zealand, and difficult international journey restrictions.
“World Rugby can guarantee groups, New Zealanders and the worldwide rugby household that the advice to postpone the match will assist to make sure that Rugby World Cup 2021 shall be all it may be subsequent yr for gamers, followers and the rugby household — one of many nice Rugby World Cups.”
If postponed, the Rugby World Cup could be the second main girls’s sporting occasion in New Zealand to be pushed again on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
In August final yr, the Ladies’s Cricket World Cup was moved from 2021 to 2022.