Spain’s place at the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France is uncertain. As it is under-examined for sending an unqualified player. Spain qualified for the second Rugby World Cup on March 13, they’re first since 1999. Rugby World Cup Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

Spain's rugby position in Rugby World Cup 2023 in suspicion
Spain’s position in Rugby World Cup 2023 in doubt

But World Rugby said Monday it would assemble an independent judicial committee to assess Spain’s possible violation of Article 8 in World Cup qualifiers on the suitability of players for international competitions.

“The World Rugby Association has become aware of possible irregularities by a member of the Spanish national senior team. Following the completion of an initial investigation, the International Federation deems a formal independent assessment necessary. Rugby Union has fully cooperated with the initial investigation.”

The comment is said to refer to South African-born front-row player Gavin Van der berg. He prepared his entrance on December 18. When Spain defeated the Netherlands 52-7 at the Rugby European Championship in Amsterdam. Which also served as a World Cup qualifier. Van der berg came on in the second half and scored.

Spain against the Netherlands

He was again a substitute in the second half on February 5. Van der berg reached Spain in 2018 and had to live there for three years to get a Spanish nationality before making his debut on December 18. But he supposedly returned to South Africa for four months in 2019 during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Spain's rugby could lose at least 10 match points it won against the Netherlands
Spain could lose at least 10 match points it won against the Netherlands

If found guilty of violating Article 8, Spain could lose at least 10 match points it won against the Netherlands. That would take it from second to fourth in the European qualifiers and the Rugby World Cup. Instead, Romania could rise to second place and qualify automatically. While Portugal could finish third and advance to the World repechage Championship in November.

This is the second time in a row that Spain has been embroiled. In controversy during a World Cup qualifier. In 2018, Spain, Romania and Belgium were sanctioned for sending ineligible players. While Russia advanced to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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