Ireland's Rugby World Cup pool opponents thrown out of tournament

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Russia will now face hosts Japan in the tournament opener next year Credit AFP

The defeat, in a game refereed by Romanian Vlad Iordachescu, initially saw Romania qualify for Pool A, and five Spanish players were handed lengthy bans for verbally and physically the official after the final whistle.

Manu Samoa will face Germany or Portugal for a place at next year's Rugby World Cup after World Rugby announced the rescheduling of their home and away playoff series.

Russian Federation have been granted a place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Romania and Spain were found to have fielded ineligible players during the qualification stage.

World Rugby docked the three nations five match points for each ineligible player used - 30 points for Romania and Belgium and 40 for Spain.

"The committee's decision and findings clearly demonstrate issues with the processes adopted by some of the participating unions relating to the eligibility of players as well as the delivery and organisation of the Rugby Europe Championship".

There is a 14-day window for appeals by all parties.

Japan will play Russian Federation in the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2019 after Romania were essentially thrown out of the tournament for fielding an ineligible player during the qualifying process, World Rugby announced Wednesday.

This means that Germany are elevated to a match against Portugal on June 9 for a chance to meet Samoa in the final play-off.

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They are scheduled to play Japan in the tournament's opening match on September 20 next year at the Tokyo Stadium.

In the aftermath, the eligibility of certain players in the tournament was also raised.

But instead of vilifying the Spaniards, the committee revealed that Spain, Belgium and Romania had all fielded ineligible players during qualifying matches for the World Cup.

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). Romania were docked 100,000 pounds while Spain were hit for 50,000 pounds.

"Subject to any appeal of the disputes committee's decision, the victor of the European playoff between Germany and Portugal, provisionally scheduled for June 9 will play Samoa home-and-away in the playoff to determine the final Pool A place".

The aggregate victor qualify for Japan 2019 with the loser to get one final chance via the repechage competition in November.

"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.

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