Why highly anticipated women Rugby Super Series match has been cancelled

Moreen Muruti with her Kenya Lionesses teammate. Photo/Moreen Muruti

The Rugby Super Series match pitting Eagles and Jaguars has been cancelled once again.

The match was supposed to bring together players from Women National teams and was to be the first of the competition but failed to kick off last weekend and has now been cancelled.

A statement by the Union says the match has been cancelled following consultations between the Union, Super Series organizers and Kenya Lionessess management.

“Following consultations between the Rugby Super Series Organizing Committee, Kenya Lionesses Management, and the Kenya Rugby Union, it has been decided to cancel the Women’s Match between the Eagles and the Jaguars, originally scheduled for 12:00 PM on Saturday, 25 May 2024,” the Union announced.


Factors that contributed to the decision to cancel the match include World Rugby 10-Day return to play protocol.

“Player Welfare & Safety: World Rugby’s 10-day return-to-play protocol, which ensures player safety, will expire on Thursday, 23 May. This leaves just one training day before the scheduled match.

“Player Availability: Some players participated in the HSBC 7s Challenger Series in Poland on 18-19 May and are unavailable due to the same player welfare and safety protocols. As a result, it is not possible to field two elite sides capable of playing a competitive match that aligns with the aims of the RSS 2024. We thank our fans and partners for their understanding and continued support,” the Union added.

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