2000 European Nations Cup First Division

The 2000 European Nations Cup was the first newly formed European Championship for second tier nations. The main reformation of the competition was due to the induction of professionalism and Italy being granted a place in the Six Nations.

2000 European Nations Cup
Date6 February – 2 April 2000
Countries Georgia
 Morocco
 Netherlands
 Portugal
 Romania
 Spain
Tournament statistics
Champions Romania
Matches played15
1998–99 (Previous) (Next) 2000–01

The First Season had 6 teams (5 European and 1 African in Morocco). The teams played each other once, playing roughly to the same weekends as the Six Nations. Romania won the first title, with a single loss to Morocco in the opening game. Georgia improved their performance in the context of European rugby, finishing in 2nd place, while Morocco finished in 3rd place, ahead of Spain and Portugal. Netherlands finished in 6th place and were relegated.[1]

TableEdit

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1   Romania 5 4 0 1 130 57 +73 13
2   Georgia 5 3 0 2 145 105 +40 11
3   Morocco 5 3 0 2 94 69 +25 11
4   Spain 5 2 0 3 109 105 +4 9
5   Portugal 5 2 0 3 74 100 −26 9
6   Netherlands 5 1 0 4 52 168 −116 7

MatchesEdit

6 February 2000
Morocco   18–10   Romania
Stade du COC, Casablanca

6 February 2000
Portugal   30–32   Georgia
Pen: Teixeira (9)
Drop: Teixeira
Try: Giorgadze, Khekhelashvili, Tsabadze (2)
Con: Urjukashvili (3)
Pen: Urjukashvili (2)
Lisbon University Stadium, Lisbon
Referee:   J. P. Pellaprat

6 February 2000
Spain   33–8   Netherlands
Try: Frechilla, Justel, Salazar Lizarraga, Zapatero
Con: Kovalenco, Martinéz Torres
Pen: Kovalenco (3)
Try: Philpott
Pen: Hannay
Majorca
Attendance: 4,000
Referee:   R. Faccioli

20 February 2000
Georgia   20–10   Morocco
Try: Giorgadze, Katsadze
Con: Urjukashvili (2)
Pen: Urjukashvili (2)
Try: Hamdini, Oufrich
St Gaudens (France)
Attendance: 500
Referee:   Jean-Pierre Matheu

20 February 2000
Romania   39–10   Netherlands
Try: Corodeanu, Drăguceanu, Dumitru (2), Mitu
Con: Mitu (4)
Pen: Mitu (2)
Try: Winkels
Con: van der Loos
Pen: van der Loos
Amsterdam
Attendance: 2,000

20 February 2000
Portugal   21–19   Spain
Pen: Mourão (4), Teixeira (3)
Try: Mata
Con: Kovalenco
Pen: Kovalenco (4)

4 March 2000
Spain   36–32   Georgia
Try: Astarloa Uriarte, del Valle, Frechilla (2), Souto
Con: Martinéz Torres (4)
Pen: Martinéz Torres
Try: Abashidze, Labadze, Mtchedlishvili, Tsabadze (2)
Con: Iurini, Urjukashvili
Pen: Urjukashvili
Campo Universitário, Madrid
Referee:   C. Giacomel

4 March 2000
Romania   33–3   Portugal
Try: Mersoiu, Petrache, Sîrbu, Tonita, Vioreanu
Con: Mitu
Pen: Mitu (2)
Pen: Teixeira
Dinamo Stadion, Bucharest
Attendance: 5000
Referee:   D. Dartigeas

4 March 2000
Netherlands   15–44   Morocco

19 March 2000
Georgia   41–6   Netherlands
Try: Abuseridze, Giorgadze, Jimsheladze, Kavtaravhili (2), Labadze, Zedgnidize
Con: Iurini, Jimsheladze (2)
Pen: Hannay (2)
National Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 20,000
Referee:   S. de Falco

19 March 2000
Romania   25–6   Spain
Try: Dumitru, Gontineac, Vioreanu
Con: Mitu (2)
Pen: Mitu (2)
Pen: Martinéz Torres (2)
Stadionul Ghencea II, Bucharest
Attendance: 500
Referee:   G. Morandin

19 March 2000
Portugal   9–3   Morocco
Lisbon University Stadium, Lisbon
Referee:   Johan Meersman

2 April 2000
Georgia   20–23   Romania
Try: Kavtarahvili, Nadiradze
Con: Jimsheladze (2)
Pen: Jimsheladze (2)
Try: Brezoianu, Sîrbu
Con: Mitu (2)
Pen: Mitu (2)
National Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 35,000
Referee:   D. Pruvot

2 April 2000
Spain   15–19   Morocco

2 April 2000
Netherlands   13–11   Portugal
Try: van der Pol
Con: Hannay
Pen: Hannay (2)
Try: Murinello
Pen: Teixeira (2)
Amsterdam
Referee:   Jeremy Schauder

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