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Spain disqualified from Rugby World Cup after appeal is dismissed

Spain finished the 2019 World Cup ranked 18th out of 20 teams. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Spain's appeal against their disqualification from next year's Rugby World Cup has been dismissed, World Rugby announced on Monday.

Spain were disqualified from the tournament in France for fielding an ineligible player during the 2021-22 Rugby Europe Championship.

"The Independent Appeal Committee reviewed the original decision of the Independent Judicial Committee based on the evidence that was before it," World Rugby said in a statement.

"Having considered detailed submissions from the Spanish Union and World Rugby, the Independent Appeal Committee dismissed the appeal.