Due to the increasing number of Covid 19 infections, the Women’s Six Nations are in question, but despite 16 more players testing positive, the Premiership has prevented further cancellations this weekend.
A date for the start of this year’s Women’s Six Nations, in which most of the teams, except England’s, are amateurs or semi-professionals, has not yet been set. The men’s tournament kicks off on Feb. 6 and the Women’s World Cup is set to start in September, with Ireland, Scotland and Italy already participating.
“I have concerns about how well we will do at this stage,” Rugby Football Union women’s director Nicky Ponsford told the BBC. “I’m relatively confident about how England will deal with it, but there are different challenges in different federations.”
France is semi-professional, while the teams in the other four nations are amateurs, which, beginning with testing, causes a variety of logistical issues.
It was agreed not to alter the start date from next month, before the discovery of a new Covid 19 version and a sharp spike in infection numbers, although only England met all its deadlines last year.
Ponsford said, “We’ll look over the next 10 days to see if we can go through the whole Six Nations or as much of it as we can,” It was right at that time to keep the tournament the way it was, but the world has changed again.
It has been more complex and there is a lot to do.
The sharp increase in the number of infections is evident in the weekly round of testing this season in the Premier League. The first four had 13 good outcomes – 8 players and 5 workers – but the number increased to 82 in the next four, including 64 players. As a consequence, five games were postponed, including Saturday’s derby in the East Midlands between Northampton and Leicester.
After the club’s training ground was closed last week and its game against Northampton was postponed after a series of positive tests, London Irish’s game at Harlequins on Sunday will be made up.
That has led to criticism of the policy of awarding the team four points that did not cause the game to be cancelled, and two points for the other.
I don’t think it’s acceptable to deflate a system decided by everyone before the start of the season when people are pretty sick with the virus,”I don’t think it’s appropriate when people are pretty sick with the virus to deflate a system that was agreed by everyone before the season started,” It may have an impact from a rugby point of view, but from a health and human point of view, getting rid of the virus is the most important thing.
Some of our players have been hit hard. Last week, we were prepared to play but had a civic responsibility not to.
The review of the governance system of World Rugby, led by former Secretary of State for Sports Sir Hugh Robertson, made a series of suggestions that were tentatively accepted prior to the May meeting. They require an aim of at least 40 percent female representation on committees, representation of players in the structure, including the executive committee, and the implementation of a representative fit-and-proper examination.
David Young, who left Wasps last February, was named the Cardiff Blues’ interim rugby director after Australian John Mulvihill left “for personal reasons.” this week.