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Spain tear Germany apart in front of 15,000 crowd

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Spain are one win away from a place at Rugby World Cup 2019 after recording a comprehensive 84-10 win over Germany in front of King Felipe VI of Spain and the Webb Ellis Cup in Madrid on Sunday.

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With Romania having scored a bonus-point win over Belgium, Spain are now three points behind The Oaks in European qualification with a game in hand, and a win against Belgium in Brussels next weekend will see them qualify for the first time since 1999.

The team that finishes top in the Rugby Europe Championship standings over 2017-18 (other than Georgia) will qualify into Pool A alongside Ireland, Scotland, hosts Japan and the Play-Off winner.

The runner-up will play Portugal in a play-off with the winner progressing to play Samoa home and away. The winner on aggregate will qualify in Pool A, while the loser will face the four-team Repechage in November.

A sell-out 15,000 crowd cheered and sang Los Leones all the way home with a carnival atmosphere enhanced by the attendance of King Felipe VI and the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. The King, who is known to enjoy rugby, greeted the Cup and the teams ahead of the match.

The Cup was in Madrid as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 tophy tour, which will visit 18 nations in the build-up to Asia’s first Rugby World Cup, exciting and engaging fans in new and emerging rugby markets in a bid to grow the game ahead of 2019.

Rugby fans across Spain had the opportunity to be part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour as the Webb Ellis Cup was displayed in the stadium’s official fan zone on Sunday.

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Earlier in the week the Cup was formally welcomed by the National Sports Council in Madrid, visited one of Madrid’s oldest clubs, CD Arquitectura, and visited local youth and women’s rugby programmes that encourage players of all ages to Try, Play and Stay in rugby as part of World Rugby’s Get into Rugby programme.

Members of the last Spanish side to qualify for a Rugby World Cup in 1999 also attended the match in Madrid, adding to the carnival atmosphere.

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finn 4 hours ago
Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

I think there’s a lot of reasons this wouldn’t work, but if we’re just proposing fun things how about a “World Series” held the june/july following a world cup. The teams competing each four years would be: the current world champions The Pacific Islands The British & Irish Lions The World XV Barbarians FC to ensure all teams are fairly evenly matched, the current world champions would name their squad first; then The Pacific Islands would name next, and would be able to select any pacific qualified players not selected by the world champions, including players already “captured” by non-pacific nations who would otherwise have been eligible for selection (eg. Bundee Aki); the Lions would select next; and then The World XV and Barbarians FC would be left to fight over anyone not selected. Some people will point out that 5 teams is too many for a mid-year round robin, particularly as it would be nice to have a final as well; and they would be right! But because we’re just having fun here we’re going to innovate an entirely new format for rugby, where the round robin is played in one stadium over the course of one day, with each game lasting just 40 minutes with no half time or change of ends. The round robin decides the seedings for the knockouts, which are contested by all 5 teams in one stadium over the course of one day, according to the following schedule: Knockout Round 1: seed 5 v seed 4 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Quarter Final: winner of Round 1 v seed 3 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Semi Final: winner of Quarter Final v seed 2 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Final: winner of Semi Final v seed 1 (played as a standard 80 minute rugby match) for the round robin, teams would name a 15 man starting lineup and a 16 man bench. Substitutions during games can only be made for injuries, but any number of substitutions can be made between games. The same rules apply for the finals, except that we return to having a regular 8 man bench, and would allow substitutions as normal during the 80 minute final.

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Simon 7 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

There are a few issues with the article. Despite somehow getting to a RWC semi final, England are nowhere near Probable status and should be swapped with Scotland on current form. France’s failure at RWC 23 has massively hit their mindset. Psychologically, they need a reset of gigantic proportions otherwise they will revert to, Top 14 first, international rugby an afterthought again. Ireland are allowed to play the way they are by less than acceptable officiating. Make no bones about it, with Easterby coaching, Ireland cheat, they break the rules at almost every facet of the game and generally referees, influenced by the media that Ireland are somehow playing the best rugby in the world, allow them. Scrums - Porter never pushes straight and immediately turns in. The flankers lose their binds and almost latch on to the opposition props. Rucks - they always and I mean always clear out from the side and take players out beyond the ball, effectively taking them out of being ready for the next phase. Not once do green shirts enter rucks from the rear foot. Referees should be made to look at the video of the game against Wales and see that Irish backs and forwards happily enter rucks from the side to effect a clearout, thus giving them the sub 3 second ruck speed everybody dreams about. They also stand in offside positions at rucks to ‘block’ opposing players from making clear tackles allowing the ball carrier to break the gainline almost every time. They then turn and are always ahead of play and therefore enter subsequent rucks illegally. Mauls - there is always a blocker between the ball catcher and the opposition. It is subtle but it is there. Gatland still needs to break the shackles and allow his team a bit more freedom to play rugby. He no longer has a team of 16 stone plus players who batter the gainline. He has to adapt and be more thoughtful in attack. Scotland are playing well but they have the creaky defence that leaks tries.

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