Scotland Women’s qualification route to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is now uncertain with qualifiers due to be played in September postponed.
Philip Doyle’s side were due to play Ireland and Italy in September.
Scotland’s Six Nations campaign was curtailed due to the virus – their match against Italy, due to be played in the Lombardy region severely hit by the pandemic, was postponed.
A member of the squad then tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequent fixtures against France and Wales were postponed.
A statement confirmed the postponement of the qualifying tournament: “In light of the dynamic and ongoing situation with regard to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Rugby Europe Rugby World Cup 2021 qualification tournament will no longer take place in September as originally planned.
“A working group composed of World Rugby, Rugby Europe and participating unions will consider suitable alternative options.
“An announcement in relation to the rescheduled tournament will be made at a later stage.”
Image caption: Scotland Women will need to wait to take part in Rugby World Cup qualifiers. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson