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Stellenbosch World Rugby tournament postponed

The South African Women’s Sevens team were due to compete with teams from Argentina, Belgium, China, Colombia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland and Scotland.

FILE: South Africa and New Zealand contest a high ball during their HSBC World Rugby Sevens match at the Cape Town Stadium on 13 December 2019. Picture: @WomenBoks/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - World Rugby has announced the postponement of the Women’s World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series tournament that was due to be played in Stellenbosch on 28 and 29 March, in response to the continued Covid-19 situation.

The South African Women’s Sevens team were due to compete with teams from Argentina, Belgium, China, Colombia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland and Scotland.

“The health and safety of participating teams, tournament event staff and spectators is our highest priority,” World Rugby said in a statement on Friday.

“This proactive decision has been taken to help protect the global rugby community and the wider public and was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. The decision is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners.”

Further details in relation to the rearrangement of the Stellenbosch Women’s World Rugby Challenger Series event will be communicated in due course.