Six Nations Rugby, “in permanent dialogue with each of the government authorities”, indicated that the Men’s Tournament will proceed as planned. The U20 and women’s editions are however postponed.
As concerns grow about the next Six Nations Tournament (6 February-20 March) due to the worsening health situation in the UK, organizers said on Wednesday that the next edition of the century-old competition will take place. “While closely monitoring the situation, Six Nations Rugby confirms that plans to host the Men’s Tournament remain as planned. After the success of the last Tournament and the Autumn Nations Cup, Six Nations Rugby remains in permanent dialogue with each of the government authorities and further strengthens its Covid-19 protocols ”, explains the organizers of the Tournament in a press release.
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Tuesday, the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, assured that the first match of the Blues, on February 6 in Italy, did not pose a problem but she had demanded more health guarantees for trips to Dublin (February 14) and London (March 13). She had underlined that “the two other following trips, against Ireland and England, there, we must have the necessary guarantees from the teams opposite to be sure of what we put, in human and financial terms, to allow our national teams to be nickel. We expect the same from the other teams ”. And to add that “it is necessary to be able to give the proof that the other nations on the health plan respect the same requirement in term of precaution”.
The women’s and U20 tournaments disrupted like last year
On the other hand, the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Tournament and the Under-20 Tournament have been postponed due to the pandemic. “This is not a decision we have taken in haste and we are confident that in a later window we will be in a better position to host two fantastic Tournaments, provide exciting rugby for the fans and ensure the right environment. safer possible for our players ”, indicates in the same press release the Frenchman Benjamin Morel, president of Six Nations Rugby.
The 2020 editions of the Women’s and U20 Tournaments had already been disrupted by the health crisis. First postponed to March, the matches were finally canceled in August. In the under-20s, no winner had been crowned to succeed Ireland, who had won in 2019. In the women, England could have won for the second time in a row, the third in four years (2017, 2019, 2020). The postponement of the Tournament is a hard blow for women’s rugby in search of visibility a few months before the World Cup in New Zealand (September 18-October 16).