The Rugby World Cup 2021 is ready to be postponed till subsequent 12 months following a suggestion by governing physique World Rugby.
The event is at the moment scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand between 18 September and 16 October.
A last resolution is predicted after the Rugby World Cup board and World Rugby’s govt committee think about the advice on eight and 9 March.
World Rugby mentioned the “challenging Covid landscape” influenced its resolution.
It added: “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.”
“We are naturally disappointed but understanding of the decision,” mentioned Nicky Ponsford, the Rugby Football Union’s head of ladies’s efficiency.
“Player welfare has to be prioritised and ensuring teams both qualify on the pitch and can perform to their best at the tournament is also vitally important for the game.”
Anthony Eddy, Irish Rugby’s director of ladies’s rugby, added: “We’re clearly disillusioned.
“We have at all times put participant welfare on the coronary heart of every part we do and that is by no means been as necessary because it has over the previous 12 months.”