The 2021 Rugby World Cup has been postponed until 2022 after approval by the governing body World Rugby. Currently, the tournament is scheduled to be played from 18 September to 16 October 2021 in New Zealand.
It is expected that the Rugby World Cup Council and the World Rugby Executive Committee will make a final decision after considering the proposal from March 8th to 9th.
The World Rugby Association stated that the “challenging Covid landscape” influenced its decision.
It added: “In recent discussions with major partners, including New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand government and participating unions, it became clear that given the scale of the incident and the uncertainty associated with Covid-19, it was impossible to deliver all The teams are in their best condition so that they can play their greatest role on the greatest stage of the sport."
Currently, all country borders are closed for all travelers as in Auckland new cases emerged, one of the country’s boarding cities.
Niki Ponceford, the head of women's football at the Rugby Union, said: "We are naturally disappointed, but understand this decision."
"The welfare of the players must be prioritized to ensure that the teams are qualified on the court and can perform their best in the game. This is also important for the game."
Anthony Eddie, Director of Women’s Rugby Irish Rugby, added: “We are evidently upset.
Welsh Rugby Federation Women’s Rugby General Manager Charlotte Watson said: “We are very disappointed with the players and employees who support the development of the RWC 2021 program.