Romania, Spain fail with Rugby World Cup appeals

Spain, yellow, and Belgium have been deducted points along with Romania for fielding ineligible players during World Cup qualifying. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Romania and Spain have both failed in their appeals to World Rugby after they, alongside Belgium, were deducted points after fielding ineligible players.

The sanctions imposed saw Romania thrown out of next years World Cup having qualified through the Rugby Europe Championship after they were deducted 30 points with Sione Faka'osilea found to have played illegally for the country.

The Romanian Rugby Federation accepted responsibility for fielding Faka'osilea illegally but they insisted that it should not cost them their spot at the World Cup.

However, World Rugby's Independent Appeal Committee decided that the penalty was not excessive given

Spain also saw their appeal against their ineligible player charge upheld having denied all wrongdoing, with World Rugby also deciding that their controversial clash against Belgium would not be replayed.

The Spaniards would have sealed qualification with a win against Belgium, but they lost 18-10 in a match that they claim was unfairly refereed by Romanian Vlad Iordachescu.

The result had initially seen Iordachescu's country qualify at Spain's expense inciting fury from the Spanish Rugby Federation, who called for the match to be replayed.

The judgement means that Russia's place in the World Cup has been confirmed while Germany and Portugal will face off for the right to take on Samoa for a place at next summer's tournament.