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Russia qualify for their first Rugby World Cup

Sergey Trishin
Russian centre Sergey Trishin will be at the World Cup in New Zealand

Russia have qualified for their first ever Rugby World Cup thanks to a 21-21 draw with Romania in Sochi on Saturday.

The Russians cannot be overtaken in second in the European Nations Cup table, guaranteeing their 2011 place.

Georgia beat Spain 17-9 to go top of the group by two points and seal their qualification with two games remaining.

The table-toppers, likely to be decided by the Georgia v Russia match on 20 March, will face England, Scotland and Argentina in Pool B in New Zealand.

The European Nations Cup runners-up will compete against Australia, Ireland, Italy and the USA in Pool C.


Portugal or Romania, who will battle it out for third spot in the European qualifying section, will meet either Lithuania or the winner of European Nations Cup Division 2A for the right to enter a cross-continental play-off which will decide the last Pool B berth at the World Cup.

Another place in Pool A is also to be decided, with the team to qualify coming from the winner of the Asian Five Nations.

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