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AFC postpones 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed upcoming joint qualifying matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup have been postponed until June.

Travel and quarantine restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been cited by the AFC as the reasons for the joint agreement with FIFA to move the fixtures, scheduled to be held from March 25 to 30. Football fans can buy FIFA World Cup Tickets from our website at discounted prices.

AFC postpones 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 restrictions
AFC postpones 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 restrictions

Just four matches are now poised to take place during that period including Tajikistan’s home Group F clash with Mongolia and Saudi Arabia’s Group D match against Yemen in Riyadh on March 25.

Australia’s trip to Nepal in Group B and Mongolia’s visit to Japan in Group F are also expected to go ahead as planned on March 30.

Among the matches to be moved include Japan’s Group F meeting with Myanmar, Singapore’s Group D battle against Saudi Arabia and the Group A tussle between China and the Maldives.

The AFC said it was looking to adopt a centralised approach to the rescheduled matches in June and is encouraging Member Associations to put forward cases to host them.

“The AFC continues to place the health and safety of players, teams, match officials and all stakeholders as the highest priority and will work together with its Member Associations to closely monitor the situation in the region,” a statement from the AFC read.

“As part of efforts to ensure the safe and successful completion of the Asian qualifiers, the AFC will open the invitation to Member Associations to host their respective groups in a centralised format and will confirm and communicate in due course the match schedule for the June 2021 international window, where the centralised qualifying matches are scheduled to take place from May 31 to June 15, 2021.”

AFC postpones 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 restrictions
AFC postpones 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 restrictions

The AFC’s qualification process has been halted since November 2019 as the COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the organisation’s tournaments.

Last week, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Football Association confirmed its FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers had been moved to June.

The UAE had been scheduled to host Malaysia on March 25, before travelling to Indonesia for a tie on March 30.

The UAE Football Association confirmed it would bid to host the matches, with the AFC requiring applications to be submitted by March 5.

A decision on the host will reportedly be made on March 15.

Should the matches be held in June, it would allow for the third round of World Cup qualification to begin in September.

The top four teams in the third round will join tournament hosts Qatar at the World Cup, while a further place could be secured by an Asian team via the intercontinental playoff.

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Football World Cup 2022 – Tender processes to launch in Sub-Saharan Africa for media rights

FIFA is opening two solicitations to delicate (ITT) all the while for the media rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. FIFA’s leader rivalries, in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Football fans can buy Qatar World Cup Tickets from our website at discounted prices.

The principal ITT is for the media rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022™. The second ITT is for the media rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. The FIFA World Cup 2022™ will be the 22nd version of the opposition and a one-of-a-kind release. As the principal FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the first to happen in November/December.

Football World Cup 2022 – Tender processes to launch in Sub-Saharan Africa for media rights
Football World Cup 2022 – Tender processes to launch in Sub-Saharan Africa for media rights

With super present-day scenes, ideal playing conditions, and a smaller occasion impression. The host nation will be an extraordinary setting wherein to commend the game and its capacity to associate and move individuals around the globe. The competition will highlight 32 partaking groups and 64 matches. Offering an exceptionally serious gathering stage followed by an energizing knockout stage.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ will be mutually facilitated by Australia and New Zealand. This will be the first-since forever FIFA Women’s World Cup™ to include a 32-group design extended from 24 groups

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Since its initiation in 1991, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ has developed dramatically to guarantee the crown of the most-watched single-sport occasion for ladies worldwide. The latest version – France 2019 – pulling in a record crowd of over 1.1 billion watchers, and crushing homegrown survey figures in numerous regions.

The delicate cycles will permit FIFA to choose the media organizations that are best positioned to get the necessary transmission responsibilities. To accomplish FIFA’s targets of giving expansive openness to its rivalries and offering fans a great review insight.

Football World Cup 2022 – Tender processes to launch in Sub-Saharan Africa for media rights
Football World Cup 2022 – Tender processes to launch in Sub-Saharan Africa for media rights

Media organizations or associations wishing to partake in both of the delicate cycles can demand the ITT by email. Invested individuals should contact SubSaharaMediaRights@fifa.org

Offer entries to FIFA should be gotten by 10:00 CET on Tuesday, 23 February 2021. Through the offer of media rights for its football competitions. FIFA creates pay which is crucial for help and create football around the globe. For example through the FIFA Forward Development Program.

The accompanying domains are remembered for the ITTs: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo DR, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya.

Other domains are Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome, and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua’s reaction to Tyson Fury’s physique in Instagram video

Eddie Hearn has revealed Anthony Joshua took little notice of Tyson Fury’s current physical condition ahead of their massive showdown which is close to being finalised for this summer.

The rival heavyweight champions appear set to meet for the undisputed crown – all four belts – in June or July. Boxing fans can book Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua’s reaction to Tyson Fury’s physique in Instagram video
Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua’s reaction to Tyson Fury’s physique in Instagram video


Though they have not started training camps yet, some fans raised concerns over Fury’s physique in a video he recently posted to social media.

The ‘Gypsy King’ took off his shirt and jumped into the Morecambe Bay, but his shape even caught the attention of AJ’s promoter Hearn.

Hearn told Seconds Out: “I think before he goes into any main camp he doesn’t look like AJ, ever.

“I said to AJ the other day, ‘Did you see Fury jumping in the sea? He looked like me!’

“The response from AJ was, ‘We’re gonna get the best Tyson Fury, so I don’t care if he’s carrying a bit of extra weight now, I’m training for the best ever Tyson Fury.’

“And, make no mistake, Fury will be in top shape for this fight.

Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua’s reaction to Tyson Fury’s physique in Instagram video
Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua’s reaction to Tyson Fury’s physique in Instagram video

“We’ve still probably got maybe four/five months to go. He hasn’t even started camp yet.

“I think the impressive thing from both these guys is they haven’t stopped training.


“AJ, since his last fight, he don’t wanna stop training.

“I even said to him, ‘What about a little bit of warm weather? Go and relax a little bit? You don’t wanna over-train.’

“He said, ‘No, I’m fine at Finchley.’

“He’s sparring, he’s training, he’s preparing for the fight of his life.”

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Tyson Fury’s dispute with Deontay Wilder remains a problem but promoters hope Anthony Joshua fight will not be delayed

Eddie Hearn on Deontay Wilder’s arbitration: “A-Team Fury problem. We’re confident that it won’t impact our fight or the announcement”; Tyson Fury is set to face Anthony Joshua in the undisputed world title fight. Boxing fans can book Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Tyson Fury’s ongoing arbitration with Deontay Wilder remains ‘a a problem’ but promoters are optimistic that an undisputed world title fight will not be delayed.

Tyson Fury's dispute with Deontay Wilder remains a problem but promoters hope Anthony Joshua fight will not be delayed
Tyson Fury’s dispute with Deontay Wilder remains a problem but promoters hope Anthony Joshua fight will not be delayed

Anthony Joshua held a meeting with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn last week to finalize the remaining terms for a fight against Fury, with all the world heavyweight titles at stake.

But Sky Sports understands that Wilder’s arbitration with Fury is still at the preliminary stages as the American stakes his claim for a third WBC title fight following his stoppage loss last February.

“That’s a problem and a question really for Top Rank, and Bob Arum,” Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.

“We’ve been assured by them that are not going to be an issue in making this fight.

“I do believe that Deontay Wilder, he was supposed to be fighting in January. Now we’re in the middle of February, so how much longer is he going to wait? He’s been out of the ring for a year now, and he’s slowly imploding in every single interview that he gives. He should get back in the ring.

“That’s a Fury problem, a Team Fury problem. We’re confident that it won’t impact our fight or the announcement.

“I keep saying two weeks (until an announcement). I’m bored of saying it now. People are bored of probably hearing it, but we are finalizing the finest details of the contract and hope to make an announcement soon.”

Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren is also hopeful that the Joshua fight will go ahead as planned.

“We don’t believe it will affect the fight,” Warren told Sky Sports.

Wilder’s management and Top Rank, Fury’s US promotional team, did not comment on the ongoing arbitration.

Tyson Fury's dispute with Deontay Wilder remains a problem but promoters hope Anthony Joshua fight will not be delayed
Tyson Fury’s dispute with Deontay Wilder remains a problem but promoters hope Anthony Joshua fight will not be delayed

Hearn is confident that he can agree on all the terms relating to Joshua, and then he plans to select the venue, with Saudi Arabia, America, and Singapore among the locations being considered.

“Contracts have been backward and forwards,” Hearn had told Sky Sports last week.

“Only minor details to be resolved on both ends we’re in a good place.

“AJ was in the office yesterday with us. We had a good meeting to finalize our side of stuff.

“We’re on the verge now of getting this fight done. We want to make sure the ink is dry, and then we’ll go out and finalize the site details.

“I’m going to keep quiet for now, which probably won’t last for too long, but in the meantime working hard to finalize what is the absolute biggest fight in boxing.”

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Anthony Joshua holds meeting with promoter Eddie Hearn to finalise terms for Tyson Fury fight

Eddie Hearn on Joshua vs Fury: “AJ was in the office yesterday with us. We had a good meeting to finalise our side of stuff.” British heavyweight rivals are set to meet in an undisputed world title fight

Anthony Joshua held a meeting with promoter Eddie Hearn to finalise the Tyson Fury fight, with only ‘minor details’ to resolve for the undisputed world title clash.

The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion visited the Matchroom Boxing boss on Wednesday to discuss the remaining terms for his blockbuster battle against WBC title holder Fury this year.

Hearn continues to exchange paperwork with Bob Arum, Fury’s US promoter, and remains confident he can confirm the fight within the next few weeks.

“Contracts have been backwards and forwards,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Only minor details to be resolved on both ends. We’re in a good place.

“AJ was in the office yesterday with us. We had a good meeting to finalise our side of stuff.”

A venue for the Joshua vs Fury is yet to be decided, with a number of countries being considered as a location, including Saudi Arabia, America, Qatar, Dubai, Singapore and China.

“I hate saying two weeks, but two weeks (until an announcement),” said Hearn.

“We’re on the verge now of getting this fight done. We want to make sure the ink is dry, and then we’ll go out and finalise the site details.

“I’m going to keep quiet for now, which probably won’t last for too long, but in the meantime working hard to finalise what is the absolute biggest fight in boxing.”

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Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after RWC 2023

All Blacks star Brodie Retallick has suggested that he is regarding the 2023 World Cup in France as his last chapter in international rugby. The second row also does not rule out ending the day but says that playing in Japan is an option after the next world tournament. Rugby fans can book Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Retallick, who has played 81 games for New Zealand since his debut in 2012, is currently on a sabbatical in Asia, playing for the Kobelco Steelers in the Top League. He is set to return to the Chiefs in 2022, which will make him available for the international team before the next World Cup, and the 29-year-old believes that the tournament could be the last for the All Blacks.

Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after RWC 2023
Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after RWC 2023

Two seasons with the Chiefs

I look forward, if everything goes according to plan, to go back to the All Blacks and play two seasons for the Chiefs, he told The XV. Realistically, they will probably be the last couple in New Zealand before I decide what to do next, be it hang up my boots or maybe go back to Japan.

“I have a rough idea in my head of how I plan to do the last third of my career, or whatever you want to call it. If that goes according to plan or if I’ve changed my mind, I’m not sure. But I have a family and a wife and kids and stuff, so you have to think about these things.”

Despite still being on the right side of 30, the outstanding forward has felt the physical damage of the sport having excelled at the highest level from a young age. Retallick was one of the stars of the New Zealand Under-20 team in 2011 and was soon a regular starter for the Chiefs in Super Rugby in 2012.

Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after RWC 2023
Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after RWC 2023

He led it to his debut with the All Blacks in the same year and has been around ever since, helping them lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015.

“When I came to the Chiefs, and from there, to get to the All Blacks, those first five or six years were pretty full, I played a lot of rugby,” Padlock said.

“Sometimes I would joke with people, they would say ‘Oh, you’re not that old’ and I’d say ‘Yes, but I’ve played a lot of rugby.”

“Looking back at the last two or three years, I don’t know if those kinds of injuries that started to affect me were a price for playing a lot of rugby in those early years or not, I’m not sure. But coming to Japan was definitely the result of the amount of rugby I played in those first five or six years.”

Many of the best All Blacks decide to go to Europe after his international career is over, but Retallick insists the option has never appealed to him.

Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after RWC 2023
Brodie Retallick hints at retirement after RWC 2023

“I have never honestly considered the northern hemisphere, he added. Either he stayed in New Zealand or he came to Japan. Obviously, you never say never, but we’ve really enjoyed our time in Japan and the Kobelco Steelers have been amazing to us with all their support and stuff. So yeah, I’m not going to say no, but I’m probably not looking to go there at all.”

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All Blacks won’t love drawing France at 2023 Rugby World Cup

Irish rugby great Brian O’Driscoll says the All Blacks “won’t love” being drawn into the same pool as France at the 2023 Rugby World Cup before enjoying a cheeky reference to their 2007 quarter-final loss. Rugby fans can book Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The All Blacks being drawn into Pool A alongside France and Italy drew plenty of response from the French crowd and presenters on stage this morning – a reaction O’Driscoll says is a natural given.

All Blacks won't love drawing France at 2023 Rugby World Cup
All Blacks won’t love drawing France at 2023 Rugby World Cup

“New Zealand are more often than not the favorites going into the tournament,” the former Irish midfielder said.

“It’s no surprise it got the most ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ because New Zealand and France drawing against one another – we’ve seen over the years some incredible duels between those two teams.”

Of the 18 nations the All Blacks have played against at Rugby World Cups since its inception in 1987, France is the country they have played the most with seven Tests. One of the next closest, coincidentally, is their other confirmed opponent in Pool A Italy with five Tests.

In their seven clashes with the French though, the All Blacks have come out on top five times although both losses still sting for rugby faithful in New Zealand.

O’Driscoll said for that reason, the All Blacks will be wary heading to France in 2023.

“New Zealand won’t love the prospect of going to France and having them in their pool with what they’ve seen over the last 12 months or so and the quality coming through.

“I don’t know if it’s quite a pool of death but if there’s a tough pool, it’s because those two quality teams are one and two and poor old Italy have to try and do something they’ve never done before.”

Former England outside back Ugo Monye then chipped in on the broadcast, making a reference to one of the more infamous All Blacks-France Rugby World Cup fixtures in the past – the 2007 quarter-final won by the French – which had O’Driscoll in stitches.

All Blacks won't love drawing France at 2023 Rugby World Cup
All Blacks won’t love drawing France at 2023 Rugby World Cup

“He won’t mind me saying it because we’re good friends but people are asking if Wayne Barnes can referee that New Zealand-France match,” Monye said.

“They were really pleased with how he did it in ’07.”

Barnes was in charge of the 2007 fixture which the French won in a huge upset 20-18 but it featured a forward pass that led the French to score a crucial try although O’Driscoll joked Barnes got it right the first time.

“The whole world knew that the pass went backwards except for maybe six million-odd people in the south of the globe,” O’Driscoll said.

The 141-Test Irishman then got a bit more serious again with his analysis while praising the All Blacks.

“It’s a respect for New Zealand that everyone wants the opposition that they’re playing against to beat them because we don’t want them having a monopoly on World Cups,” he said.

“We want to see outsiders and underdogs come through and beat the team touted to win it all as they usually are.”

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When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023

While the pool revealed for the 2023 Rugby World Cup was met with reservations due to the similarities between it and previous years, there was a quirky quirk that still has fans salivating.

New Zealand and France will meet in the group stage of the competition in what will be their eighth meeting at the World Cup. Adding some extra intrigue to the clash is the fact that the tournament is of course taking place in France. Rugby fans can book Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

While the All Blacks have had the best of both teams throughout matches, winning five of the seven to date, Les Bleus’ two victories are arguably best remembered by Kiwi fans due to how emotional they were defeats.

When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023
When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023

In 1999, France won 43-21 in the semifinals. Eight years later, a highly favored All Blacks team was defeated 20-18 in the quarterfinals in what was their worst World Cup performance to date. France will not have a chance to knock New Zealand out of the 2023 competition until the final if both teams advance that far, but they do have a chance to inflict a first group stage defeat on the men in black.

Since the first iteration of the tournament in 1987, the World Cups have always started with a game with the hosts. Typically, especially since the game turned pro, their opposition has been a team they were expected to defeat, but not by a scandalous margin.

That is understandable. Many fans want the tournament hosts to start the competition with a victory, but they still want the game to be a show. This is especially true for occasional local viewers, who are probably only tuning in to the game because it is played at a World Cup in their home country.

Since that first flagship competition in New Zealand in 87, seven of the opening nine matches have been won by the hosts, England fell short against New Zealand in 1991 and France suffered at the hands of Argentina in 2007.

When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023
When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023

With France and New Zealand back in the same group for the first time since 2011, the two rivals will naturally meet at an early stage in the competition, but the jury is still out on when that clash should take place.

From the point of view of the two nations, would it be better to start the competition with a challenge and then be able to move on to the knockout stages of the competition or would it make more sense if the more difficult group match occurred closer to the end of the match group stage?

Perhaps the All Blacks, who have thrived in tough competition would prefer the latter. In 2007, New Zealand’s toughest group match was against a humble Scottish side who finished better 40-0. A few weeks later, France picked them up bit by bit and pulled them out by hand.

In the last competition, they played South Africa in the opening week and scored a well-earned 23-13 victory. The only other top-tier team to play between that opening game and their defeat to England in the semi-finals was Ireland, a team that has never made it past the quarter-finals.

When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023
When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023

The All Blacks’ 32-point victory in that game marked the second-largest quarter-final victory in tournament history and when they faced a team from England that had been consolidating in the competition with victories over Argentina and Australia barely fired a shot.

However, the latest report in the French newspaper L’Equipe suggests that French coach Fabien Galthie wants his team to play the All Blacks in the opening match of the 2023 competition. With France and New Zealand as the strongest teams in the group, probably the only other semi-competitive games for the top two teams in the group will involve Italy, the world’s 14th-ranked nation.

If Galthie and the French rugby union asked World Rugby to come true, the story would be made one way or another. A victory for the French would end New Zealand’s unbeaten streak during the World Cups group stage, while a defeat would make France the first host nation to lose two games on opening night.

When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023
When France expects to play the All Blacks at RWC 2023

The 2019 World Cup draw was unveiled in November 2017, suggesting that World Rugby probably won’t release the full tournament schedule for the 2023 competition until much later this year.

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Agustin Creevy reveals designs at Rugby World Cup 2023

Former Argentina captain Agustin Creevy wants to be part of Pumas’ bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup by securing a new contract with London Irish. Rugby enthusiasts can book Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Creevy, who has played in three consecutive World Cups, would be 38 when the next World Cup is held in France and, having installed her young daughter in a local nursery, the prostitute is determined to convince Declan Kidney, the Irish director. Rugby to be awarded a new contract to replace the one that ends this season.

Agustin Creevy reveals designs at Rugby World Cup 2023
Agustin Creevy reveals designs at Rugby World Cup 2023

Having scored a try when the Irish defeated Newcastle 31-22, Creevy is delivering on the field as part of the group with the most caps the Premiership has seen. Six of the Irish forwards against the Falcons had racked up 402 caps with Creevy contributing 88 appearances for his beloved Cougars.

Agustin Creevy

Creevy said: “We are talking about a new contract and we have time to see what happens. Yes, I want to stay and I want to play in the next World Cup, but I need to continue playing at the best level and I try to be better in each game. The Premiership is one of the best competitions in the world and that is why I came here.”

“We have a lot of international players and we are very close and that is important. We try to train together and teach young children and it is a good family. I like the identity of my country with the Pumas and here we also have a nice one”.

With the demise of Jaguares from Super Rugby, Creevy is part of a large contingent of Pumas now operating in the Premiership and will face his former teammate Matías Alemanno when Gloucester arrives in Brentford on Saturday.

Agustin Creevy reveals designs at Rugby World Cup 2023
Agustin Creevy reveals designs at Rugby World Cup 2023

Creevy said: “There are a lot of friends playing in the Premiership with Matias in the second row in Gloucester and I love playing against them and laughing on the field. We are friends playing together for seven years together. Now it’s fun to play against them.”

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Samoa hoping COVID doesn’t curtail the Rugby World Cup dream

Samoa’s women’s rugby team admits that quarantine restrictions may force some players not to make themselves available for the World Cup campaign.

Manusina will advance to the final qualifying tournament, which is expected to take place in Europe in May, four months before the start of the World Cup in New Zealand. Rugby fans can book Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

All of the players are amateurs and coach Ramsey Tomokino said if they had to spend a month in quarantine on top of the World Cup proper it could be a bridge too far.

Samoa hoping COVID doesn't curtail the Rugby World Cup dream
Samoa hoping COVID doesn’t curtail the Rugby World Cup dream

“It would mean some players might have to leave their jobs or just say no because their employment is their livelihood, and that is the difference between the men’s and the women’s game, where we’re not full-time professional athletes. It would hit us pretty hard actually if that was the case.”

Manusina outclassed Tonga 40-0 in November to advance to the final repechage however the other three squads are still to be confirmed.

The European Qualification Tournament was canceled last year because of Covid-19 while the Women’s Six Nations, Asia Rugby Women’s Championship and a playoff between Kenya and Colombia have all been postponed, leaving Samoa in a holding pattern.

“We’re just really waiting to see what the next instructions are around this qualifier game,” Tomokino explained.

“It’s meant to be the last four teams vying for that one spot into one of the hardest pools alongside New Zealand, Australia and Wales but certainly we’d love to get the opportunity to do that.”

While Europe remains the most likely destination, Tomokino has heard other whispers doing the rounds.

Samoa hoping COVID doesn't curtail the Rugby World Cup dream
Samoa hoping COVID doesn’t curtail the Rugby World Cup dream

“There is also the possibility of that repechage being down in New Zealand but then also we’re hearing other scenarios too which, if they play out, might not be favorable to us, he said. And that they might look at the two highest-ranked teams playing of the four which could pose an issue for us, so we could possibly miss out in that regard.”

The bulk of the Manusina squad will resume training in Auckland on Wednesday and Ramsey Tomokino is keen to expand his player pool for what it’s hoped will be a year to remember.

“I think there will be a few girls now that are realizing that they’re probably not going to make New Zealand or Australia – if they haven’t been shoulder tapped by now then they’re probably not likely in the World Cup frame,” he said.

“We’ve opened that up again just to see if there are any new players that come onto the radar and then we’ve obviously got our core group of girls, so we’ve probably got easily a group of between 50-60 players.”

Samoa hoping COVID doesn't curtail the Rugby World Cup dream
Samoa hoping COVID doesn’t curtail the Rugby World Cup dream

While nothing is set in stone, officials are also working hard to confirm some much-needed match preparation. It’s still hoped that the Oceania Women’s Championship will return in 2021 after last year’s competition was canceled because of the pandemic.

The Manusina are also exploring the possibility of more test matches against Pacific Island countries using New Zealand based players, in an effort to improve their world ranking. We are offering New Zealand Rugby World Cup Tickets so Rugby fans can get through our trusted online ticketing marketplace. Xchangetickets.com is the most reliable source to book Rugby World Cup 2023 tickets.

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