Canada dragged into a pool with the U.S. And teams are yet to emerge from Europe and Asia as Thursday’s draw for 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand ensures regional conflicts will be revived in the women’s show.
In addition to competing in North America in Pool B, defending champion New Zealand has been paired with Australia in Pool A while top England will face France in Pool C.
The ninth edition of the World Cup is scheduled for 18 September to October 16, 2021, at three stadiums in New Zealand.
Canada, New Zealand, and England were kept out of the game because of their world class.
Canadians in the third tier are drawn with Americans ranked sixth, Europe 1 and Asia 1. Europe’s entry will be determined by the 7th edition of Italy, No. 1. 8 Ireland and 11 Scotland and Rugby winner. Europe Women’s Championship 2020 (No. 10 Spain, No. 14 Russia or the 17th-ranked Netherlands).
The tournament was supposed to take place in December, but was postponed earlier this month due to epidemic-related challenges.
Canadians have not been together since they won Americans 19-0 and 52-27 in the 2019 Can-Am Series in California, the U.S.
While Canada and the U.S. are the two of the four teams that participated in the entire World Cup of rugby, alongside England and France, North America’s rivals have never been on the same team before in the World Cup.
Fororino will have to wait for the plague to regroup. He still hopes to get a timeline with the team next summer before the World Cup.
Many of his players have moved abroad to continue playing during the epidemic. About twenty play in England, France or New Zealand. All the rest of Canada, usually preparing for their day-to-day activities.
Canada’s leading World Cup finish came second in 2014 when they were beaten 21-9 by England. Canadian women finished in fourth place in 1998, 2002 and 2006 (when Canada hosted).