The Women’s Six Nations has been postponed until the spring or summer as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world’s sporting calendar.
The tournament normally follows the same calendar as the men’s competition which will start on Feb. 6 in Rome with Italy vs. France.
England, the reigning champions, are the only professional team in the tournament with France semi-professional. The other four teams mainly consist of players who are considered “amateurs” which has created issues over testing, bubbles and travelling.
Three fixtures in the 2020 tournament were cancelled and never rearranged due to the ongoing pandemic.
The 2021 tournament is particularly important to teams with the World Cup happening in New Zealand in September.
Ireland, Scotland and Italy have yet to qualify for the tournament and the Six Nations fixtures may aid their qualification.
The European qualification tournament for the Women’s World Cup was indefinitely postponed in November due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The event was due to be contested by the three Six Nations teams and the winner of the postponed Rugby Europe Women’s Championship, with the victors qualifying for the World Cup.