The World Rugby U20 Championship 2021 will not take place this year due to the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, World Rugby confirmed on Wednesday.
The tournament's organising body said in a statement that the decision was made in consultation with potential hosts and participating unions considering all aspects from financial impact to player welfare implications.
World Rugby is now working with regions and unions to identify regional competition opportunities in a safe environment, reflecting the international federation’s ambition to support meaningful high-performance competition pathways for the future stars of rugby.
Meanwhile, the Six Nations confirmed that the Women's and U20s Six Nations will still take place this year at a later date.
New dates have been confirmed for the Women's and U20s Six Nations https://t.co/ADjY0WEftH
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