Samoa and Germany are trying to earn the right to join Ireland, Scotland, hosts Japan and Russia in Pool A of next year’s tournament and while the Pacific Island nation has a proud history in the Cup, the German rugby team are attempting to make history by securing a place at the top table of the sport.
The second leg takes place in Germany on July 14 and the loser will progress to the Cup’s reperchage tournament in November. The qualification process was mired in controversy when Belgium, Spain and Romania fielded ineligible players in the Rugby Europe Championship and had points deducted and that led to Germany beating Portugal 16-13 to earn this double header.
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