World Rugby-Romania Disqualified

World Rugby-Romania Disqualified

Russian Federation have qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Romania, Spain and Belgium were docked points for repeatedly using ineligible players during the qualifying competition, World Rugby said on Tuesday.

Instead, Russia - who had originally finished third in the combined table nine points adrift of Romania - will take Europe's final automatic spot in Japan next year, while Germany, who won just two of eight qualification games, will play Portugal in a continental playoff on June 9.

This means that Germany are elevated to a match against Portugal on June 9 for a chance to meet Samoa in the final play-off.

It will be their second appearance following 2011 in New Zealand when they lost all four pool games.

"World Rugby is committed to addressing these issues and will lead a review of European tournament delivery in the context of Rugby World Cup qualifying in full partnership with Rugby Europe".

This equated to 30 points for Romania, for fielding one ineligible player in six matches, 30 for Belgium, for playing five players deemed ineligible in a total of six matches, and 40 for Spain for playing two former French Under-20 French in eight matches.

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Both men were admitted to hospital on Sunday after they started suffering from breathing problems following a night out. They were staying at a hotel in the capital Colombo after playing a match on Saturday, he told the paper.

Sione Faka'osilea was ineligible for Romania, Mathieu Belie and Bastien Fuster for Spain, and five players for Belgium, because they previously played for national teams that tied them to countries of their birthplace or weren't qualified by heritage.

"While the independent disputes committee has determined that mistakes were not made in bad faith by Rugby Europe and some participating unions, World Rugby is extremely disappointed with the unfortunate and avoidable events".

A 14-day appeal window is now open if those involved to challenge the ruling.

"World Rugby Regulation 8 stipulates mandatory financial penalties for breaches of 25,000 pounds per ineligible player for a union not represented on the World Rugby Council and 100,000 pounds for a union represented on Council", the press release said. It goes in as the Europe 1 qualifier in Pool A, joining Ireland, Scotland, and Japan.

As a result, Belgium were fined 125,000 pounds, suspended for a period of five years conditional that no breaches occur during that period.

"The principle that "the referee's position as sole judge of fact and law during the match is unassailable" is a core principle of rugby, as is the very limited jurisdiction of a Disciplinary Committee to overturn the decisions of referees made on the pitch after the game", a World Rugby statement read.

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