The 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, initially scheduled to be played from September 18 to October 16, is set to be postponed until next year.
According to a statement released by World Rugby on Tuesday,the global showpiece will be rearranged to a later date owing to challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee on 8 and 9 March respectively,” reads part of the World Rugby statement.
The Kenya Lionesses were on course to qualify for the World Cup having finished second to South Africa in the continental qualifiers.
Felix Oloo’s charges were scheduled to face Colombia in a match whose winner would then proceed to the Repechage tournament.
“The challenges include uncertainty and the ability for teams to prepare adequately for a Rugby World Cup tournament both before and on arrival in New Zealand, and challenging global travel restrictions,” adds the statement.
“World Rugby can assure teams, New Zealanders and the global rugby family that the recommendation to postpone the tournament will help to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2021 will be all it can be next year for players, fans and the rugby family – one of the great Rugby World Cups.”