Spain have been thrown out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup for fielding an ineligible participant through the qualifying phases and can be changed by Romania, World Rugby introduced on Thursday.
“Topic to Spain’s proper of attraction, the 10-point deduction utilized to the Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification desk signifies that Romania will qualify as Europe 2 into Pool B changing Spain,” learn the assertion.
Portugal — who Spain beat to seal their place within the world showpiece in France subsequent yr — substitute Romania within the Remaining Qualification Event going down in November 2022.
“Spain has a proper of attraction inside 14 days of the date of the total written choice of the committee,” learn the assertion.
In accordance with Spanish media in March, the participant underneath investigation was South African-born prop Gavin van den Berg, who has been enjoying in Spain since 2018.
He performed twice towards the Netherlands, in 2020 and 2021, in qualifiers, however he might not seemingly have served the three years of residency wanted to change into eligible underneath World Rugby guidelines.
Spain, Romania and Belgium have been all sanctioned in 2018 for having fielded ineligible gamers, opening the way in which for Russia to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.