Russia is banned from Rugby World Cup qualification; Georgia advances

Russian players thank fans at the World Cup
Russia has appeared twice at the Rugby World Cup before in 2019 as well as 2011.

Russia will no more be eligible to compete in the 2023 Rugby world cup. Georgia, however, has already secured their place in the tournament in France.

World Rugby suspended RussiaAfter the invasion of Ukraine, there was international and cross-border rivalry.

On Thursday, the Rugby World Cup board confirmed that Russia would not be able to complete their qualification matches.

Georgia is now guaranteed one of the European qualification spots

Each of Russia's remaining competitors in the Rugby Europe Championship received four points for abandoned matches, which was enough to send Georgia through.

The second qualification spot is being contested by Portugal, Spain and Romania.

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