It has been confirmed today that both the Women's Six Nations and Under 20's Six Nations have been postponed until a later date in 2021.
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— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 13, 2021
In a statement, the Women's Championship is slated to play in late spring or early summer.
The Six Nations will consult all stakeholders, including unions and broadcasters, in order to finalise a plan of action with regard to the completion of both competitions.
News on new dates is anticipated by the end of January.
In the 2020 editions of each championship, the Women's Six Nations was completed in winter following a postponement, with the Under 20's Six Nations suspended with two game weeks left to play.
You can read the CEO of Six Nations Rugby Ltd Ben Morel's statement below:
“We are fiercely committed to the promotion and development of rugby at all levels, particularly the women’s game where we see such exciting opportunity for growth. This is not a decision that we rushed into and we are confident that in looking at a new later window, we will be in a far stronger position to deliver two fantastic tournaments, delivering exciting rugby for fans, and ensuring the safest possible environment in which to stage them for our players.
“The dynamic nature of the external environment and the ongoing challenges it presents, particularly for sports and teams of amateur status, meant a collective agreement to push both Championships to new later windows was prudent to ensure, where possible, that both competitions can be played safely and without interruption in 2021.
“It was also important that the decision was made in a timely manner to allow players and management to plan accordingly.”