Russia qualifies for 2019 World Cup
12:00 Wed May 16, 2018
Taken from/By: Independent
Report by: Planet Rugby/Vashneel Prasad
Russia has qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Romania, Spain and Belgium were docked points for repeatedly using ineligible players during the qualifying competition.
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.
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