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2019 Rugby World Cup pool draw date set for May 2017

The pool draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in May 2017, eight months closer to the tournament than the draw for 2015.

World Rugby appears to have settled on a compromise date aimed at appeasing all parties ahead of the crucial World Cup draw.

Japanese organisers had lobbied for the draw to take place in late 2016, keen to sell tickets for specific matches as soon as possible with the Olympics coming to the country in 2020.

http://www.skysports.com/rugby-union/news/12321/10277878/2019-rugby-world-cup-pool-draw-date-confirmed-for-may-2017

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They really are cutting it fine with the draw again. Just two and half years out!

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You'd have thought they'd have learnt from the fiasco last time...why so early? And is that saying Ireland-Scotland is the first match? Won't it start with Japan?

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RWC 2019 Match Schedule

 

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RWC 2019 Match Schedule

RWC 2019 match schedule has been announced. View the details below or download one of the PDF files.

 

Match Schedule Documents

 

https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/match-schedule

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On 1/26/2018 at 1:49 PM, Ikarus360 said:

7746f8c2717e5ddb3be868e0a890db0a--will-s

That certainly would apply as far as to the horrific refereeing in the Spain-Belgium Rugby World Cup qualification match in Belgium from the Romanian ref is concerned. World Rugby plans an investigation. A rematch should be in order.  

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Russia qualify for Rugby World Cup after Romania, Belgium and Spain are penalised

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia have qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Romania – who had initially secured the slot – Spain and Belgium were docked points for repeatedly using ineligible players during the qualifying competition, World Rugby said on Tuesday.

After a “remodelling” of the qualification process, Russia emerged top to advance to next year’s tournament in Japan. It will be their second appearance following 2011 in New Zealand when they lost all four pool games.

Germany, who have never been in a World Cup, now have another chance as they are promoted to face Portugal in a playoff, though the winners face a daunting final step with a two-legged playoff against Samoa.

The winner on aggregate will qualify for Japan 2019 in Pool A, alongside the hosts, Ireland, Scotland and Russia. The loser will still have a chance of progress via the Repechage competition in November.

Tuesday’s announcement is the latest twist to a complicated and controversial series of matches as, following an investigation by the independent Judicial and Disputes committee, the three nations were docked five match points for each ineligible player used.

Belgium were found to have fielded five ineligible players and were docked 30 points along with a suspended fine of 125,000 pounds ($168,988).

Spain used Mathieu Belie and Bastien Fuster, who have both previously played for France Under-20s, in eight qualification matches, leading to a 40-point deduction and a 50,000 pounds suspended fine.

Romania had only one ineligible player, Sione Faka’osilea, who previously played for Tonga Sevens. They were given a 100,000 pounds suspended fine and their 30 docked points overturned their World Cup qualification.

All the decisions are subject to appeal within 14 days and Tuesday’s announcement is unlikely to be the final word.

 

REJECTED APPEAL

Spain’s initial appeal to replay their match against Belgium, when a Romanian referee was in charge and Spain’s shock defeat sent Romania through at their expense, was rejected, despite the sport’s governing body supporting it.

“Having considered all the evidence, including submissions from World Rugby, Rugby Europe, Spain and Belgium, the independent committee refused the request made by World Rugby and Spain to set aside the result of the match and determined that the match should not be replayed,” the committee said in a statement.

In reference to the entire investigation, the committee added: “Although mistakes were made by Rugby Europe and participating unions, they had not acted in bad faith. The committee also recommended that World Rugby re-emphasise the importance and sanctity of Regulation 8 (eligibility) and any other steps that will prevent a repeat of these circumstances.”

The Spanish Rugby Federation said they were very disappointed by the decisions, having sought clearance for Belie and Fuster from their French counterparts, and were considering an appeal.

“It should be recognised that the (eligibility) rule is confusing and World Rugby should have created a procedure and created a system to avoid these type of undesirable situations from happening,” the federation said in a statement.

Eligibility for international rugby is a notoriously complicated affair, with countries often nominating their own choice of “capture” level team that ensures a player cannot then switch nationalities.

Recognising this, the independent committee added in its report: “World Rugby might want to consider whether to maintain a database showing players who have been captured by Unions.”

http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/15/rugby-union-russia-qualify-for-rugby-world-cup-after-romania-belgium-and-spain-are-penalised

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Did we just got a sneak peak of 2019's version of "World in Union"?

 

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