World Rugby Untangle RWC Qualifying Chaos

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16 May 2018

World Rugby have untangled the chaos of Rugby Europe’s qualifying tournament for RWC2019 by excluding Romania, Spain and Belgium from the competition under a cloud of partial officials and ineligible players.

In line with the decision, Russia will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 as Europe 1, joining Ireland, Scotland, Japan and the play-off winner in Pool A, while Germany will progress to the European play-off with Portugal, subject to the appeals process.

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

The committee's decision and findings clearly demonstrate issues with the processes adopted by some of the participating unions relating to the eligibility of players as well as the delivery and organisation of the Rugby Europe Championship.

A statement read: “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 will include the Rugby Europe's organisation’s eligibility processes and match official appointments in order to prevent a repeat of these unfortunate events.

“In addition, World Rugby has already formally reminded all unions and regional associations of their obligations regarding Regulation 8 and will reiterate at the Annual Meeting of Council this week, while World Rugby will also oversee match official appointments at all stages of

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