Quarters for Women’s World Cup
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.