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06:50  04 march  2021
06:50  04 march  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Former Wales full - back Dyddgu Hywel believes women ' s international rugby is being treated unequally compared to the men ' s game amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 World Cup in New Zealand is set to be postponed until 2022 on the recommendation of governing body World Rugby. "If you do want to look at the positive looking at the Welsh side, they do have new coaches and that maybe gives them more time to settle in and get their plays and maybe have some warm-up games in between." After World Rugby announced its recommendation, Charlotte Wathan, the Welsh Rugby

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(Reuters) - Former Wales full back Dyddgu Hywel said women's international rugby has not been treated equally as the men's game during the COVID-19 pandemic after the 2021 World Cup was postponed and the Six Nations delayed and cut short.

a man riding on the back of a football ball: FILE PHOTO: Wales v England - Women's Six Nations Championship © Reuters/Henry Browne FILE PHOTO: Wales v England - Women's Six Nations Championship

The World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Zealand from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, was on Tuesday pushed back until 2022 after World Rugby said it was difficult to host the event as planned due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic.

The women's Six Nations, originally planned to begin on Feb. 6 with the men's event, has been rescheduled to start on the weekend of April 3-4 and finish on April 24, using a condensed format.

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Last year, Autumn Nations Cup replaced the men's November internationals while women's test rugby has been put on hold.

"What's really disappointing in my opinion is how do the men get an autumn series last year?" Hywel told the BBC https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/56262554. "They've got a normal Six Nations this year... but why is the women's game different or treated differently?

"We're still talking about equality in sports and it's 2021. We shouldn't be having this conversation any more and I truly understand the COVID situation.

"But that's the same for everyone. How can the men's game carry on and the women's had delays or cancellations or even a shortened Six Nations... It's just a little bit disappointing."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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