NZ Rugby World - - The Breakdown -

Ro­ma­nia have se­cured their place at the 2019 World Cup a er Spain su ered a shock loss to Bel­gium.

Spain came into the fi­nal game of the Rugby Europe Cham­pi­onship in pole po­si­tion, know­ing that vic­tory against Bel­gium would see them qual­ify for the first time since 1999.

But the un­fan­cied Bel­gians won 18-10. That meant Ro­ma­nia fin­ished top and will take their place in Pool A along­side Scot­land, Ire­land and Ja­pan and they will have the hon­our of play­ing the hosts in the open­ing game.

Spain still have a chance of qual­i­fy­ing through the repêchage pro­gramme.

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