Quar­ters for Women’s World Cup

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend -

Quar­ter-fi­nals will be in­tro­duced for the next women’s Rugby World Cup. World Rugby has re­leased a raft of changes for the 2021 edi­tion, in­clud­ing scrap­ping clas­si­fi­ca­tion matches and ex­tend­ing the length of the tour­na­ment from 23 to 35 days to im­prove player wel­fare. Squad sizes will also go up from 28 to 30 play­ers. The in­tro­duc­tion of quar­ter-fi­nals is aimed at avoid­ing big rugby na­tions miss­ing out on the knock­out stages of the tour­na­ment, with a guar­an­teed four rest days be­tween pool games and five or six days dur­ing the knock­out stage. World Rugby also ruled out in­creas­ing the size of the tour­na­ment from 12 to 16 teams.

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