The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, grounded last year by the pandemic, will return in May with a pair of women's events. But the men won't see action on the circuit until September. And there is no Canadian stop, as yet.
World Rugby has recommended postponing the 2021 women's World Cup to next year because of the pandemic. The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup board and World Rugby executive committee on March 8 and 9, respectively.
The Canadian women will open the 2021 Rugby World Cup on Sept. 17 in Whangarei, New Zealand, against an Asian qualifier before taking on the U.S. and a European qualifier. World Rugby unveiled the tournament schedule on Thursday. The draw, grouping the 12 competing teams, was made in November.
It was attritional, it was error-strewn, it was mostly an ugly kick-fest. It was pretty much exactly what was forecast. The Springboks won't care: They're into the Rugby World Cup final again.
After shocking the two-time defending champions with a try to Manu Tuilagi in the second minute, England didn't retreat one bit. And four years after being unceremoniously dumped out in the group stage of the World Cup it was hosting, England reached its first final in 12 years with a 19-7 upset over New Zealand.
Wales will play France in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals after laboring past Uruguay 35-13 to top Pool D on Sunday. Four wins from four matches gave the Welsh a pool sweep for the first time since 1987. Their victory left Australia to play England in another quarterfinal.