The three remaining fixtures within the 2020 Women’s Six Nations Championship have been cancelled.
Six Nations Rugby CEO Ben Morel confirmed this morning of the “extraordinarily robust determination”, however that because of the sport’s novice standing it has been “unimaginable” to conclude the match.
Scotland nonetheless had two fixtures left to play – towards Italy and Wales – whereas France had been scheduled to face Eire.
As first revealed by Telegraph Sport final month, France’s contest with Eire was referred to as off on the final minute as a consequence of an outbreak of Covid-19 inside the French camp. The fixture would have determined who finished second behind Championship winners England.
An announcement on the Six Nations official web site stated: “Current Authorities and Well being Authority restrictions affecting squad preparations, journey, and the shortcoming to stage matches because of the sport’s novice standing have made the profitable completion of the 2020 Championship unimaginable.”
The desk is not going to be affected by right this moment’s cancellations with England already topped grand slam winners having performed and gained all 5 of their matches, ending with victory over Italy in Rome every week in the past.
“This was an especially robust determination that was solely taken after we had explored each attainable choice to get these matches performed,” Six Nations CEO Morel stated.
“It’s particularly disappointing that these cancellations come at a time when there’s such constructive momentum across the ladies’s recreation and for the Ladies’s Six Nations specifically.
“We are going to now, with our Unions, put our focus and vitality towards the 2021 Championship.”
The Welsh Rugby Union stated they “accepted” Tuesday’s determination.
“With strict Covid restrictions in a number of the international locations concerned, we settle for the tough determination made by the Six Nations that if all three Womens6Nations matches couldn’t be rearranged, it was greatest to not stage any, particularly with some Unions in search of RWC qualification”
England, in the meantime, have named a 30-player training squad for their autumn international against France this Saturday. Laura Keates, England’s 2014 World Cup profitable prop, returns to the nation set-up following spectacular performances for Worcester Warriors within the Premier 15s this season.
England will collect at Bisham Abbey right this moment earlier than heading to France on Thursday for Saturday’s contest in Grenoble. Lydia Thompson (Worcester), Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears) and Hannah Botterman (Saracens) will miss the primary of back-to-back clashes with France after struggling accidents for his or her respective golf equipment within the Premier 15s final weekend.
“This can be a group that’s educated rather well and we’re happy with how we’re progressing. Coaching is aggressive and that was mirrored in our efficiency over in Italy,” coach Simon Middleton stated.
“Our focus now strikes onto the sport towards France on Saturday.
“Whereas we’ve a lot of absentees, we’ve actual strength-in-depth as proven in our coaching squad choice.
“We’re trying ahead to 2 days of preparation earlier than heading out to France later this week.”
England will host France within the return fixture at Twickenham every week afterward Nov 21.
The noon fixture will probably be performed earlier than England males face Eire of their second Autumn Nations Cup match.