Canadian women’s rugby team learns draw for 2021 World Cup

Canada’s women have been drawn in a pool with the U.S., Europe 1 and Asia 1 for the 2021 rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Canada is ranked third in the world while the Americans are No. 6. The European and Asia teams have yet to be determined in qualifying.

The Canadians were kept away from top-ranked England and No. 2 New Zealand, whose Black Ferns are defending champions and have won five of the last six tournaments, in Thursdays pool draw for the 12-team competition.

New Zealand was drawn in Pool A with No. 5 Australia, No. 9 Wales and the final qualification tournament winner. England is in Pool C with No. 4 France, No. 13 South Africa and No. 22 Fiji.

The ninth edition of the World Cup is scheduled for Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021, across three match venues in New Zealand.

The draw at Auckland’s SkyCity Theatre featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former New Zealand women’s captain Farah Palmer and former All Blacks fly half Dan Carter.

It marks the first time the women’s rugby showcase has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The draw ceremony started at 7:30 a.m. local time Friday in Auckland.