Dublin, Jan 13 (AFP/APP): The women’s Six Nations tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said on Wednesday, while insisting the flagship men’s version will go ahead as scheduled.
The organizers said they hoped the women’s and the men’s Under 20’s competitions — which were due to be played in February and March — will be able to be played “later this spring or early summer.”
With the women’s teams largely being made up of amateurs 2020 champions England are the only fully professional side whilst France are semi-professional fitting them into a bubble for the tournament is extremely problematic if not impossible.
The previous women’s Six Nations was also affected with the championship being brought to a premature halt last November due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The women’s Rugby World Cup starts on September 18 in New Zealand but Ireland, Scotland or Italy are yet to book their spot at the global event. Their Six Nations games may end up doubling as qualifiers for that tournament. Britain has been one of the hardest-hit globally by the virus outbreak, with more than 83,000 people losing their lives after testing positive for the virus.
It is currently mired in its third, and worst, wave of the virus, registering record daily case numbers and death tolls blamed on a new strain of the disease.
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