DUBLIN (AP) Romania and Spain have appealed against World Rugby’s decision to take points off them for fielding ineligible players in a qualifying competition for the 2019 World Cup, which cost them a place in next year’s tournament in Japan.
The points deductions meant Romania was disqualified from the World Cup and replaced by Russia, while Spain’s place in a qualifying playoff against Portugal on June 9 went to Germany.
An investigation set up by World Rugby found Romania, Belgium and Spain fielded ineligible players in seven to nine games in the second-tier Rugby Europe Championship, which also acted as qualifying for the World Cup.
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World Rugby said Tuesday that Romania is appealing against the sanction handed down by the governing body despite admitting to a breach of regulations. Spain is appealing against the decision that found two ineligible players were fielded during qualifying.