New Zealand Rugby admit they FORGOT to host the Women’s World Cup and apologize for ‘disgraceful’ encounter between All Blacks and Black Ferns

  • New Zealand rugby has come under fire for the scheduling clash on Saturday
  • The All Blacks kick off 40 minutes before the Black Ferns’ World Cup quarter-final
  • Black Fern – England’s biggest challenger to win World Cup in New Zealand

New Zealand Rugby have admitted they have forgotten about the World Cup they are hosting after being criticized for a scheduling clash between them All are black and the black sides of the fern.

Fans in the rugby-mad nation were not impressed that their men’s team will face Japan in Tokyo on Saturday just 40 minutes before the women’s team meet Wales in the quarter-finals.

The Black Ferns are England’s biggest rivals to win the World Cup in New Zealand and are the host nation, but the focus on the side will be lost if their male counterparts play at the same time. New Zealand Rugby has apologized to fans of both teams for the clash.

The Black Ferns were always due to play their first World Cup knockout match on Saturday

They admitted it had been known since May last year that the Black Ferns were always due to play their first World Cup knockout match in the second of four quarter-finals as they are the hosts.

However, the All Blacks v Japan match was arranged with him, which is seen as a serious mistake in New Zealand.

Kerry Allan, New Zealand’s justice minister, has criticized her country’s rugby governing body.

“This collision was avoidable and frankly shameful,” she said.

The All Blacks face Japan just 40 minutes before their women's team take on Wales in the quarter-finals

The All Blacks will face Japan just 40 minutes before their women’s team take on Wales in the quarter-finals

New Zealand Rugby responded: “Unfortunately, when Japan Rugby set the start time for the All Blacks Test, NZR did not take into account the Rugby World Cup provision that the host nation will play the quarter-finals twice regardless of pool results and may inadvertently cause a clash .

“It was never the intention to overshadow the Rugby World Cup and Rugby New Zealand is delighted with the way New Zealanders have embraced not only the Black Ferns but the tournament as a whole.

“NZR has made a request to Japan Rugby to move the kick-off time, but we respect the reasons given as to why we cannot move the time.

“We know the fixture is not perfect but fans can still watch and support the Black Ferns and All Blacks. We encourage New Zealanders to continue their inspirational support for the Black Ferns as they continue their journey through what has been an outstanding tournament to date.

“It promises to be an exciting weekend for our teams in black and we look forward to supporting both the Black Ferns and the All Blacks this weekend.”