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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Armchair Fan » Thu, 15 Oct 2020, 14:38

Spanish training squad, apparently all have gone through quarantine without issues
http://ferugby.es/las-28-leonas-xv-para ... a-en-elche

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 11:33

Rugby Europe seems more "aggressive" than the usual on presenting the next two games, with already three dedicated posts on the socials

https://www.facebook.com/rugbyeurope

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Mon, 19 Oct 2020, 14:59

Samoa v Tonga confirmed for Nov 14 in Auckland, at 14.05 (3.05 AM in Central Europe). That ".05" suggests that the game could be televised.
It will be a three games program: NZ Police v NZ Army (or something like that, I don't recall perfectly) as opener, then Samoa v Tonga and, as closing event, Black Ferns v NZ Barbarians

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Armchair Fan » Mon, 19 Oct 2020, 18:27

REWC games suspended by Rugby Europe https://twitter.com/ferugby/status/1318256733698068480

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Mon, 19 Oct 2020, 18:35

Not the best choice of time for this bad news. World Rugby just announced the day (Friday Nov 20) and the bands of the World Cup draw, in Auckland

Band 1 – New Zealand, England, Canada
Band 2 – France, Australia, USA
Band 3 – Wales, Europe 1, South Africa
Band 4 – Asia 1, Fiji, Final Qualifier winner

https://www.world.rugby/news/593549/dat ... -2021-draw

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 11:20

I suppose that the risk to have games decided by the world ranking has become not so tiny, now: the sanitary situation promises to remain critical for the whole winter, in Europe, and if they have to wait april for the Euro Championship, with the Euro qualifiers and the intercontinental repechage still to be played, they risk to go out of time

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Re: 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup

Postby Canalina » Wed, 21 Oct 2020, 14:00

Some reactions by the russian players to the new postponement

https://rugby.ru/news/my-voobshche-niko ... -ispaniey/

On October 20, it became known that all competitions held under the auspices of Rugby Europe, which were supposed to take place in October and November, have been canceled due to the worsening epidemiological situation in the world associated with the spread of coronavirus.

The match between the women's national teams of Russia and Spain, which was supposed to take place on October 24 in Elche, was also postponed indefinitely. We talked with three players of the Russian women's national team, which managed to hold a two-week training camp in Sochi, to find out their first impressions of the postponement of this important match.

“We were expecting this decision, because there was a certain ambiguity with the match, but during the training camp we put all these thoughts aside,” says Daria Lushina. - This news did not come as a shock, but it was insulting. After all, the rugby-15 national team was strengthened by some of the main players from the seven, so the task was to win, and they themselves wanted to take revenge for the defeat a year ago. But in fact, there was a very high risk that our team would go into quarantine already in Spain, if even one positive test for coronavirus or antibodies was found in someone. And there would be no match, and the whole team would be quarantined. On the other hand, this transfer is a chance for us to prepare even better, because there is a big difference between rugby 7 and rugby 15 and it always takes more time to rebuild.

- The team was preparing, the mood for the game was very good, they were not afraid of an opponent, we are not afraid of anyone at all! - Maria Perestyak confidently declares. - We honestly prepared, but in connection with this situation, we could not show and prove anything to anyone. I am sure that our team would have played well against Spain. Of course, it was a little scary to be stuck in Spain. Rugby is a very contact sport, we do not have any distance, in the game there are constant contacts and contacts between athletes, so such decisions are made.

- The sensations are twofold. The team was preparing, we had a goal for this game. But we understand the whole situation associated with the pandemic around the world, and, most importantly, stay safe, - says Christina Seredina. - The decision to postpone the match is quite adequate, even despite the fact that we prepared well for it, we had a good productive training camp, and an excellent team was assembled. The most important thing is that neither Spain, nor Russia, nor any other country is affected by the pandemic. Isolate sick players and play healthy like in other sports? It seems to me that this can be done in the domestic championship. But when it comes to an international tournament, there is a possibility that you can even catch a disease somewhere in flight or at the airport, especially since it has not yet been fully studied, Athletes are suffering a lot now, the coronavirus is hitting all of us hard, including number of emotions. Let us hope for the best!

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