The qualification process for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, scheduled in New Zealand in 2021, will not take place in September as scheduled.
The pandemic by COVID-19 forces Rugby Europe to make this determination, which together with World Rugby and the participating teams are working to find the best solution and the appropriate dates.
The lionesses to qualify for the World Cup had to win the European and then play a tournament against Italy, Ireland and Scotland, the VI Nations teams that did not qualify on their own merits in the last World Cup, according to the Spanish Rugby Federation at the time .
In case of not overcoming this second obstacle, and as long as they remain runners-up, the Spanish would still have a last chance to be present in New Zealand. A world play-off, to be held in 2020 (dates still to be confirmed) and which grants the twelfth ticket for the ninth edition of the world championship.
The play-off tournament will pit runners-up from the Asian, European and Oceanian qualifying tournaments, as well as the winner of a playoff between the champion of South America and the runner-up of the African tournament.