Romania qualify for Rugby World Cup

Romania have qualified for the World Cup after a dramatic finale to the Rugby Europe Championship on Sunday saw Spain lose 18-10 to Belgium. In the driving seat with a game in hand over Romania, Spain needed to defeat Belgium in the final round of European qualification matches to confirm their participation at a Rugby […]

Romania have qualified for the World Cup after a dramatic finale to the Rugby Europe Championship on Sunday saw Spain lose 18-10 to Belgium.

In the driving seat with a game in hand over Romania, Spain needed to defeat Belgium in the final round of European qualification matches to confirm their participation at a Rugby World Cup for the first time since 1999.

However, Belgium raced into a 15-0 lead and, despite a late fightback, Los Leones could not finish the job off, losing 18-10, meaning they will now face the play-off route.

Romania, who lost 25-16 to Georgia in a match that did not count towards qualification, will join Six Nations champions Ireland, Scotland, host Japan and the Play-Off winner in Pool A.

Reward also comes in the form of playing Japan in the opening match at the Toyota Stadium on 20 September, 2019.

Despite the loss, Spain are confirmed as the second-placed team in European qualification and must now play Portugal for the right to play Samoa in home and away fixtures.

The winner on aggregate will join Romania in Pool A as the Play-Off winner, while the loser will participate in the four-team Repechage in November against Canada and two other teams.

There was however controversy in Sunday’s game as a Romanian was referee, with ugly scenes at full-time seeing several Spain players confront the official, Vlad Iordachescu.

“I don’t want to think that rugby [has been fixed] to put us out,” Spain captain Jaime Nava told Radio Marca.

“When we were assigned Romanian officials, we were shocked. But this is rugby, the values are assumed.

“The dressing room is down, sunk. For sure, today rugby has lost.”

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