Rugby World Cup 2021 update

Rugby World Cup 2021 update

World Rugby have announced this evening they are recommending 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 8 and 9 March respectively.

In a statement World Rugby said: "The recommendation is based on the evolution of the uncertain and challenging global COVID-19 landscape. It has become clear in recent discussions with key partners including New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Government and Participating Unions, that, given the scale of the event and the COVID-19-related uncertainties, it is just not possible to deliver the environment for all teams to be the best that they can be on the sport’s greatest stage."

Scottish Rugby is naturally disappointed with the news and we await further update following the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee meeting on 8 and 9 March.

Scotland Women’s focus now turns to preparing for the upcoming Six Nations tournament in April.

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