Spain punished for fielding ineligible players, will not go to World Cup

Russia Rugby World Cup 2019

Russia Rugby World Cup 2019

As a result, Russian Federation now top the European pool and will play at the 2019 showpiece instead of Romania.

Subsequently, Spain were docked 40 points with Romania and Belgium penalised 30 each - five points for every match in which an ineligible player appeared.

But found that Belgium, Spain and Romania all fielded ineligible players, and have deducted points from all three (essentially disqualifying all of them).

"Subject to any appeal of the disputes committee's decision, the victor of the European playoff between Germany and Portugal, provisionally scheduled for June 9 will play Samoa home-and-away in the playoff to determine the final Pool A place".

Though Spain contested the eligibility charge weighed against them, the committee concluded that they were "satisfied that World Rugby's submissions on the fielding of ineligible players by Spain are correct".

World Rugby said it is "extremely disappointed with the unfortunate and avoidable events" and added: "Regulation 8 covering eligibility is essential to maintaining the unique characteristics and culture of elite competitions between unions, and the integrity of global matches depends on strict adherence to eligibility criteria set out in the regulation".


All the decisions are subject to appeal within 14 days.

Romania had previously qualified as "Europe 1" for next year's tournament, having finished above Spain in the Rugby Europe Championship following Spain's controversial defeat against Belgium on the final weekend of the competition.

The victor will play Samoa in a World Cup play-off for the right to join Ireland's Pool A at Japan 2019.

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

"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, as expressed when announcing the convening of the independent committee".

It would have been much better for the game if Rugby Europe had, once the mathematics of the final matches of the competition become clear, changed the match officials.

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