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Thrown out - Spain and Romania's World Cup nightmare confirmed

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World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont

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Both Spain and Romania’s appeal of the decision to disqualify them from the Rugby World Cup has been rejected.


In May World Rugby made the sensational decision to boot out Romania, Spain and Belgium from the 2019 World Cup following a recommendation from an independent committee which was set up to investigate the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championship.

Heavy fines totalling over a quarter of a million pounds have been issued to the three countries, while Russia will now play in the tournament as Europe 1, joining Ireland, Scotland, Japan and the play-off winner in Pool A.

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In a statement this after World Rugby confirmed the ruling, with appeals from Spain and Romania having been rejected.

“World Rugby welcomes the conclusion of the independent disciplinary process relating to the European qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2019 and is determined to avoid a repeat of these unfortunate circumstances in the future.


“Confirmation that the decision of the Independent Disputes Committee stands following a detailed review by an Independent Appeal Committee means that Russia are confirmed as Europe 1 and will take their place in Pool A at Rugby World Cup 2019, while Germany will host Portugal on 16 June with the winner progressing to face Samoa in Apia on 30 June and in Europe on 14 July.

“The independent Committee, comprising significant playing and legal experience determined that mistakes were made by Belgium, Romania and Spain.”

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “While World Rugby welcomes the conclusion of the independent disputes process, it is important that the game learns from what were an unfortunate set of circumstances to prevent this from happening again, and I am committed to leading a review that will deliver a robust and efficient system of ensuring compliance.

“With the full support of our unions and regional associations, World Rugby will undertake a full review of Regulation 8 process and compliance to enhance best practice, identify how we can further assist our unions, ensure our young players are appropriately educated on the regulation, and have complete oversight and approval of match official appointments for future Rugby World Cup qualifiers.”



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