Following consultation with Lakapi Samoa and Tonga Rugby Union, who were due to contest the title, Oceania Rugby announced today the tough decision to cancel the Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy scheduled to take place on Saturday 22 May 2021.
Oceania Rugby Competitions Manger, Wayne Schuster, cited ongoing travel restrictions, relevant government and public health authority advice and continued challenges in guaranteeing the successful hosting of this tournament during the current COVID landscape as major factors in this difficult but appropriate decision.
“Unfortunately rescheduling or postponing this year’s event would also not be realistic under the current circumstances”, said Schuster.
Samoa will retain the Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy title following a 36-3 defeat of Tonga during the 2020 event.
Oceania Rugby continues to adjust the 2021 tournament schedule and looks forward to regional competitions returning when it is logistically possible.
“We will be ready to roll out our 2021 competitions when border restrictions are lifted, and competitions can be held with player, team management and tournament staff welfare our top consideration”, Schuster added.