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Re: Spain calling for match v Belgium to be replayed.

Postby neill_m » May 9th, 2018, 4:11 pm

suisse wrote:The RWC comes across as a bag of shite in that article due to recent events. The article bypasses Asia. I'm going to see Korea v HK on Saturday. They're playing in some obscure Asian Tri-Nations RWC qualifier. Malaysia are the third Musketeer. From what I gather, the winner plays the Cook Islands to advance as some reprechage and after that, who the f%~k knows.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_As ... ampionship

It isn't looking good for Malaysia


Winner of the Cook Islands v the Asian side joins Canada, the loser of the Samoa/European side playoff and the side who finish 2nd behind Namibia (probably) in African qualifiying in another round of games for the last spot in RWC 2019 and a spot in the group with New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia (probably!).
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Re: Spain calling for match v Belgium to be replayed.

Postby neill_m » May 15th, 2018, 3:50 pm

German Rugby Union reporting that Spain, Romania and Belgium have been deducted points for fielding ineligible players and are out of RWC 2019. Russia qualify automatically, going into Ireland's group with Germany and Portugal playing off to face Samoa. The winner of the Samoa playoff game will also go into Ireland's group.

Now Confirmed by World Rugby.
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Re: Spain calling for match v Belgium to be replayed.

Postby Lar » May 15th, 2018, 4:54 pm

Not sure what the latest crisis is in Samoan Rugby but I take it that means barring a big shock we will have Samoa in our group.
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Re: Spain calling for match v Belgium to be replayed.

Postby neill_m » May 15th, 2018, 5:28 pm

Lar wrote:Not sure what the latest crisis is in Samoan Rugby but I take it that means barring a big shock we will have Samoa in our group.


Indeed would fancy them to beat Germany/Portugal over 2 games.
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Re: Spain calling for match v Belgium to be replayed.

Postby neill_m » May 16th, 2018, 10:06 am

So turns out Belgium had played 5 ineligible players over the 2017/18 Rugby Europe Championship which partly doubled up as the RWC 2019 qualifying event. All 5 had Belgian great grandparents, but not grandparents so could not play. They were fined £25,000/player.

Spain had 2 players who had been "captured". One played for France 20s v Wales 20s in 2008 and one in the same game in 2012. France and Wales were using the 20s as their next senior side in those years. They were also fined £25,000/player.

Romania had 1 player who had been "captured". Had previously played for the Tongan 7s side. They were fined £100,000/player as they are on the World Rugby Council.

Romania appealing on the basis that they followed all the correct procedures including contacting the Tonga Union (whose chairman is the father of Mako and Billy Vunipola) and being told that the player in question was free to play for Romania.
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