Paris – Romania are to appeal a World Rugby ruling that saw
them disqualified from next year’s World Cup.
Russia were awarded a place at the 2019 World Cup in Japan
after the rugby union international governing body sensationally disqualified
Romania, Spain and Belgium on Tuesday.
Russia had finished third in European qualifying for the
World Cup but head to the tournament after Romania, who originally won the
section, second-placed Spain and fourth-placed Belgium were all docked points
for fielding ineligible players.
In Romania’s case, World Rugby said Sione Faka’osilea was
ineligible having previously played for the Tonga sevens team.
The Romanian rugby federation insisted Wednesday that
Faka’osilea was indeed eligible, having had confirmation from Tonga rugby
federation president Fe’ao Vunipola, father of England internationals Billy and
Mako, to that note.