Six Nations Rugby today announced it has taken the difficult decision to cancel the remaining three matches of the 2020 Women’s Six Nations Championship.
Recent Government and Health Authority restrictions affecting squad preparations, travel, and the inability to stage matches due to the sport’s amateur status have made the successful completion of the 2020 Championship impossible.
The three cancelled matches are:
- Italy v Scotland (round 3 match, originally rescheduled for Dec 6)
- Wales v Scotland (round 5 match, originally rescheduled for Nov 1)
- France Ireland (round 5 match, originally reschedule for Nov 1)
Ben Morel, CEO of Six Nations Rugby, said: “This was an extremely tough decision that was only taken after we had explored every possible option to get these matches played. It is especially disappointing that these cancellations come at a time when there is such positive momentum around the women’s game and for the Women’s Six Nations in particular.
“We will now, with our Unions, put our focus and energy toward the 2021 Championship.”
The table for the 2020 Championship will remain as it stands with England already crowned Grand Slam winners having played and won all five of their matches, finishing with victory over Italy in Rome a week ago.
Topping a successful campaign for the Red Roses, England’s Emily Scarratt was also crowned Women’s Player of the Championship, presented by Guinness, on Friday, becoming the first Player of the Championship in the history of the Women’s Six Nations.