Spain’s exclusion confirmed on appeal, Romania drafted

Spain's exclusion confirmed on appeal, Romania drafted

The Lyons fielded an unqualified player in two qualifiers. Their appeal was rejected on Monday.

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The end of Lyons’ dream. World Rugby announced on Monday (June 27) that it will not take part in next year’s tournament in France as Spain’s appeal has been rejected. In the interrogation, an unqualified player was twice selected in 2020 and 2021.

“According to world rugby rules, the decision of the Independent Appeals Committee is final and cannot be re-appealed.”The body said in a statement.

During the World Cup qualifiers for the Six Nations, Spain twice outscored South Africa’s Gavin van den Berg (43-0 in 2020 and 52-7 in 2021). According to the rules of world rugby, he did not stay in Spain for more than three days without a break of more than 60 days, a condition necessary for the country to qualify.

An independent judicial commission imposed a fine of 25,000 25,000 (approximately ,000 30,000) on the Spanish federation at the end of April, and the national team did not qualify for the 2023 World Cup in France. Therefore, Spain will not consider qualifying for a second World Cup after 1999.

This decision, confirmed on appeal, benefited Romania and they qualified directly for the tournament. The Romanians will face South Africa, Ireland and Scotland, and a crucial fifth country, Portugal in Pool B, will take on Romania in the final qualifiers in November 2022.

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