Six Nations at risk of cancellation or postponement. It was the official announcement that the under 20 tournament and the women's tournament of the Six Nations 2021, compared to the usual February-March window, will be postponed.
For now, the traditional Six Nation tournament is still scheduled but its risks. Also the European cups had been suspended. At least for the qualifying rounds scheduled for the next two weekends. Like those in all the national championships, from the English Premiership to the French Top 14, up to the Japanese Top League starting on Saturday, in the country that should host the Olympics in six months.
44 people from three teams tested positive for the virus and on Tuesday two matches were canceled, including the expected Verblitz-Sungoliath who allegedly opposed Kieran Read and Beauden Barrett, All Blacks legends. Not to mention our top 10, which has so far sent to the archive no more than 28 games out of the 40 planned, with Viadana-Mogliano on the ninth day, scheduled for the day after tomorrow, already postponed.
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The women's tournament has been rescheduled for spring or the first part of summer: the New Zealand World Cup looms on the calendar (18 September-16 October), preceded by the related, last qualifiers that will also involve Italy.
A timing decision is announced by the end of the month. When the most classic tournament, discarded the hypothesis of a bubble, will be about to start: with Italy-France to inaugurate it on Saturday 6 February, in an Olympic in Rome that inevitably promises to be behind closed doors.
But with one thing: the French minister of sport Roxana Maracineanu, worried about the new variant of Covid-19, as announced on Tuesday at a press conference, is demanding guarantees from other governments in terms of health protocols, so that the transalpines face the planned trips to Ireland and England.
The groups of the Rugby World Cup 2023 have been drawn
The competitiom will be played in France from 8 September to 21 October, just one year before the Olympic Games in Paris. All Black will be with France, Italy, a representative from the Americas and one from Africa.
The world champions of South Africa will be with Ireland, Scotland, an Asia-Pacific team and a Europaea team. Wales will be with Australia, Fiji, one of Europe and the winner of the qualifying round. In the last group there will be England, Japan, Argentina, one from Oceania and one from the Americas.
Nine cities will be involved in the Rugby World Cup 2023, with the related stadiums: Bordeaux, with the Stade Atlantique, Lille, with the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lyon, with the Stade des lumières, Marseille, with the Stade Vèlodrome, Nantes, with the Stade de la Beaujoire, Nice, with the Stade Riviera, Saint Etienne, with the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Paris and Saint-Denis, with the Stade de France, and Toulouse, with the Municipal Stadium.