South Africa‘s national rugby Women’s Sevens team on Tuesday said they are setting their sights on the 2021 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series’ strong come back after the cancellation of the inaugural Challenger Series.
The national rugby Women’s Sevens team coach Paul Delport said the cancellation was a setback to their aspirations but vowed to perform better when matches resume in the 2021 season.
The World Rugby Sevens Series games were supposed to be played in South Africa on March 28-29 and were canceled because of the COVID-19.
“We are all fully respectful and supportive of World Rugby’s decision. It does mean that we will only be able to contest for a core spot next season, which is not what we had planned for, but other teams such as China, Japan, and Kenya are in the same position. We need to make the best of the extended time created by this, and we are keen to do so,” said Delport.
The World Rugby chairperson Bill Beaumont said they are disappointed to cancel games but had to do so to save lives. He said they canceled the games after consulting governments, health agencies across the world, and union partners.
He said, “Rugby Sevens is a key driver of global growth for our sport, particularly in emerging nations, and it firmly remains a top priority for our organization. As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, 2021 has the potential to be a very exciting year for rugby sevens with the Tokyo Olympic Games on the horizon.”