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2019 Rugby World Cup – Europe qualification

Qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup for European Rugby began in September 2016, where 5 teams are competing for one direct qualification spot into the final tournament, and a further 26 teams competing, alongside the initial 5 teams, for a place in the Europe/Oceania play-off and or repechage.

The qualification process came to a chaotic conclusion when 3 of the 5 teams in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Rugby Europe Championship were effectively disqualified for fielding ineligible players. As a result, Russia qualified for the World Cup and Germany advanced to a playoff against Portugal for a place in the repechage process.

FormatEdit

The Rugby Europe Championship, controlled by Rugby Europe, is the regional qualification tournament for Rugby World Cup 2019, with the Championship, Trophy and Conference 1 and 2 being involved in the process.

The 2016–17 Rugby Europe International Championships form the majority of qualification matches for the European region. The respective winners of Round 1A and 1B, Rugby Europe Conference 2 North and South, will progress to the Round 1 Final. The overall winner of Round 1, will advance to the Round 3, where they will play against the winner of Round 2, Conference 1. The winner of Round 3 will play against the winner of the 2016–17 Rugby Europe Trophy tournament in the Round 4 Final, where the winner of that final will parachute down to Round 6 - the European Final Play-off.

The winner of Round 5, which is an aggregate table of the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championship's, will qualify for the World Cup as Europe 1, the runner-up will advance to Round 6.

Round 6 will see the winner of Round 4 and the runner-up of Round 5 face against each other in a one-off play-off match, the higher ranked team hosting at the time of teams decided, to earn the right to progress to a home and away Cross-Regional play-off series against the third placed team from Oceania, Oceania 3.

EntrantsEdit

Thirty one teams competed during for the 2019 Rugby World Cup – European qualification; teams world rankings are prior to the first European qualification match on 3 September 2016 and bold nations denotes teams have previously played in a Rugby World Cup.

Nation Rank Began play Qualifying status
  Andorra 62 22 October 2016 Eliminated by Malta on 11 February 2017
  Austria 87 8 October 2016 Eliminated by Serbia on 29 April 2017
  Belgium 24 18 February 2017 Eliminated via points deduction on 15 May 2018
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 74 8 October 2016 Eliminated by Hungary on 20 May 2017
  Croatia 54 29 October 2016 Eliminated by Malta on 29 April 2017
  Cyprus NR 29 October 2016 Eliminated by Andorra on 11 February 2017
  Czech Republic 33 3 September 2016 Eliminated by Portugal on 18 November 2017
  Denmark 88 8 October 2016 Eliminated by Hungary's victory on 6 May 2017
  England 2 N/A Qualified with Top 12 finish at 2015 World Cup
  Estonia NR 1 October 2016 Eliminated by Hungary's victory on 22 April 2017
  Finland 97 8 October 2016 Eliminated by Denmark on 22 April 2017
  France 8 N/A Qualified with Top 12 finish at 2015 World Cup
  Georgia 11 N/A Qualified with Top 12 finish at 2015 World Cup
  Germany 26 11 February 2017 Advances to Europe/Oceania play-off
  Hungary 82 1 October 2016 Eliminated by Czech Republic in 27 April 2017
  Ireland 6 N/A Qualified with Top 12 finish at 2015 World Cup
  Israel 63 5 November 2016 Eliminated by Malta on 22 April 2017
  Italy 13 N/A Qualified with Top 12 finish at 2015 World Cup
  Latvia 51 22 October 2016 Eliminated by Czech Republic on 15 April 2017
  Lithuania 46 5 November 2016 Eliminated by Czech Republic's victory on 6 May 2017
  Luxembourg 59 22 October 2016 Eliminated by Czech Republic's victory on 15 April 2017
  Malta 49 22 October 2016 Eliminated by Czech Republic on 20 May 2017
  Moldova 32 12 November 2016 Eliminated by Portugal on 11 March 2017
  Netherlands 34 5 November 2016 Eliminated by Portugal's victory on 1 April 2017
  Norway 90 8 October 2016 Eliminated by Hungary on 22 April 2017
  Poland 37 24 September 2016 Eliminated by Portugal on 18 March 2017
  Portugal 30 19 November 2016 Eliminated by Germany on 16 June 2018
  Romania 16 11 February 2017 Eliminated via points deduction on 15 May 2018
  Russia 21 12 February 2017 Qualified via mass points deduction on 15 May 2018
  Scotland 9 N/A Qualified with Top 12 finish at 2015 World Cup
  Serbia 79 29 October 2016 Eliminated by Bosnia and Herzegovina on 22 April 2017
  Slovenia 67 29 October 2016 Eliminated by Austria on 22 April 2017
  Spain 23 12 February 2017 Eliminated via points deduction on 15 May 2018
  Sweden 58 3 September 2016 Eliminated by Latvia on 29 April 2017
   Switzerland 31 19 November 2016 Eliminated by Netherlands on 18 March 2017
  Turkey NR 5 November 2016 Withdrew from competition on 5 November 2016
  Ukraine 27 24 September 2016 Eliminated by Portugal's victory on 4 March 2017
  Wales 5 N/A Qualified with Top 12 finish at 2015 World Cup

Round 1: Rugby Europe Conference 2Edit

Round 1A: NorthEdit

Advances to Round 1 Final
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1   Hungary 4 4 0 0 157 30 +127 3 19
2   Denmark 4 3 0 1 161 42 +119 2 14
3   Norway 4 2 0 2 98 109 –11 2 10
4   Finland 4 1 0 3 92 144 –52 2 6
5   Estonia 4 0 0 4 39 222 –183 0 0
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Offensive Bonus Point is given for 3 more tries than the other team - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points

Round 1B: SouthEdit

Advances to Round 1 Final
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1   Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 2 0 1 65 54 +11 1 9
2   Austria 3 2 0 1 54 51 +3 0 8
3   Slovenia 3 1 0 2 89 48 +41 2 6
4   Serbia 3 1 0 2 52 107 –55 0 4
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Offensive Bonus Point is given for 3 more tries than the other team - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points

Round 1 FinalEdit

Hungary, as winners, qualify for round 3.

20 May 2017
16:00 EEST (UTC+03)
Hungary   19–17   Bosnia and Herzegovina
Report[10]
Franka Pálya, Esztergom
Attendance: 800
Referee: Andrea Spadoni (Italy)

Round 2: Rugby Europe Conference 1Edit

Round 2A: NorthEdit

Advances to Conference Final
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1   Czech Republic 4 4 0 0 158 26 +132 3 19
2   Lithuania 4 3 0 1 93 47 +46 2 14
3   Latvia 4 2 0 2 56 98 –42 2 10
4   Sweden 4 1 0 3 56 124 –68 1 5
5   Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 39 107 –68 1 1
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Offensive Bonus Point is given for 3 more tries than the other team - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points

Round 2B: SouthEdit

Advances to Conference Final
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1   Malta 4 3 1 0 147 49 +98 3 17
2   Israel 4 3 0 1 135 100 +35 2 14
3   Croatia 4 2 1 1 106 79 +27 3 13
4   Andorra 4 1 0 3 62 181 –119 0 4
5   Cyprus 4 0 0 4 72 113 –41 2 2
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Offensive Bonus Point is given for 3 more tries than the other team - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points

Round 2 FinalEdit

The Czech Republic, as winners, qualify for round 3.

20 May 2017
14:00 CEST (UTC+02)
Czech Republic   48–14   Malta
Report[32]
Stadion Markéta, Prague
Attendance: 500
Referee: Thomas Charabas (France)

Round 3Edit

The Czech Republic, as winners, qualify for the final of round 4.

27 May 2017
14:00 CEST (UTC+02)
Czech Republic   47–19   Hungary
Report[33]
Stadion ragby Císařka, Prague
Attendance: 500
Referee: François Bouzac (France)

Round 4Edit

Round 4A: Rugby Europe TrophyEdit

Advances to Round 4 Final
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1   Portugal 5 5 0 0 179 37 +142 4 24
2   Netherlands 5 3 0 2 159 94 +65 3 15
3    Switzerland 5 3 0 2 140 122 +18 1 13
4   Poland 5 3 0 2 73 73 0 0 12
5   Moldova 5 1 0 4 100 162 -62 3 7
6   Ukraine 5 0 0 5 52 215 –163 0 0
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Offensive Bonus Point is given for 3 more tries than the other team - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points

Round 4 FinalEdit

This fixture, unlike previous knock out fixtures, doubles as part of the Rugby Europe Trophy competition. Portugal, as winners, advance to round 6.

18 November 2017
15:00 WET (UTC+0)
Portugal   45–12   Czech Republic
Report[49]

Round 5: Rugby Europe ChampionshipEdit

TableEdit

For the Rugby Europe Championship teams, results are considered on a 2-year aggregate from the 2017 and 2018 seasons (excluding matches involving Georgia, who had already qualified). The winner advanced to the Rugby World Cup and the runner-up advanced to the Round 6 play-off.[50]

Qualified as Europe 1
Advances to Round 6
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Deductions Total
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1   Russia 8 4 0 4 226 144 +82 4 20
2   Germany 8 2 0 6 149 446 –287 2 10
3   Romania 8 6 0 2 296 126 +170 6 -30 0
4   Spain 8 6 0 2 217 85 +132 2 -40 –14
5   Belgium 8 2 0 6 170 257 –87 3 -30 –19
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
Offensive Bonus Point is given for 3 more tries than the other team - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points

World Rugby received complaints against all five teams of fielding ineligible players, in breach of Regulation 8, during the qualification process. The neutral panel cleared Germany and Russia of the alleged ineligible players, but found Belgium, Romania and Spain guilty of breaching Regulation 8. The panel determined that each nation would be deducted 5 points for each game they had fielded an ineligible player, regardless of if more than one ineligible player had been fielded. The investigation found that Belgium and Romania had fielded ineligible players 6 times (a deduction of 30 points) and Spain 8 times (a deduction of 40 points) during the qualification process. This meant, with the deducted points for the respective nations, Russia would qualify ahead of Romania and Germany would advance to the play-offs ahead of Spain.[51][52] On 29 May 2018, it was confirmed that both Romania and Spain had appealed the decision.[53] On 6 June, the appeal failed and the decision was upheld meaning Russia was confirmed as Europe 1 and qualified for the World Cup, whilst Germany advanced to round 6.[54][55][56][57]

MatchesEdit

Round 6: Final play-offEdit

Germany, as winners, advance to the Europe/Oceania play-off.

16 June 2018
15:00 CEST (UTC+02)
Germany   16–13   Portugal
Try: Els 51' c
Con: Parkinson (1/1) 53'
Pen: Parkinson (3/3) 6', 64', 72'
Report Try: Villax 48' c
Con: Rodrigues (1/1) 49'
Pen: Rodrigues (2/2) 24', 29'

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Game Sheet Hungary vs Norway
  3. ^ Game Sheet Estonia vs Denmark
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  5. ^ Game Sheet Norway vs Estonia
  6. ^ Slovenia-B&H
  7. ^ Austria-Slovenia
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  9. ^ Serbia-Austria
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  71. ^ REIC ROUvGER Game Sheet
  72. ^ Game Sheet Russia vs Belgium
  73. ^ Game Sheet Spain vs Romania
  74. ^ Game Sheet Belgium vs Germany
  75. ^ Game Sheet Russia vs Romania
  76. ^ Game Sheet Romania vs Belgium
  77. ^ Game Sheet Spain vs Germany
  78. ^ Game Sheet Germany vs Russia
  79. ^ Game Sheet Belgium vs Spain

External linksEdit