After the approval of World Rugby, the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup has been postponed until next year.
New Zealand was scheduled to host the 9th women's championship from 18 September to 16 October, but due to the "uncertain and challenging global COVID-19 landscape ", the competition was postponed until 2022.
The Rugby World Cup Board and the World Rugby Executive Committee will review the proposal from 9-8 March.
A statement from the World Rugby said: "Although it is very disappointing for the team and fans to appreciate this proposal, it is deeply concerned about their interests, and provides the tournament with the best opportunity to be all it is for them, all New Zealanders and global rugby.
"This suggestion is based on the uncertain and challenging evolution of the global COVID-19 landscape. In recent discussions with major event partners, including New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand government, and participating unions, given the scale of the event and the uncertainties related to COVID-19, it is impossible to provide the best environment for all teams, so that they can achieve their best conditions on the largest stage in sports.