Spain have been axed from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after they were found guilty of fielding an ineligible payer during their qualifying campaign.
They received a 10-point deduction from the Rugby Europe Championship which means their place in Pool B at the global showpiece – alongside defending champions South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and an Asia/Pacific qualifier – will be taken by Romania.
Also received a fine
Spain’s sanction was issued after an independent committee judging the case deducted five points from each match in which they fielded South African prop Gavin van den Berg and they also received a £25,000 fine.
Los Leones have the right of appeal but this is not the first time that they have undergone this experience. They shared a similar fate in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup in Japan and are blaming the latest mistake on a forgery of Van den Berg’s passport.
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