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The decision of World Rugby’s Independent Judicial & Disputes Committee regarding the European Qualification Tournament for the Rugby World Cup 2019 has drastic implications for all the nations concerned. The decision, which can be appealed, leaves both Romania and Spain out of the qualification process. In a two-part series, Ben Cisneros examines the Committee's reasoning and suggests ways in which the Spanish Rugby Federation might look to appeal.

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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Part III: The End of the Line?

An appeal committee upheld a first-instance decision that blocks the Spanish rugby team from qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Both decisions hold that Spain acted contrary to the laws of rugby. In the third of a three part series, Ben Cisneros examines the final chapter of this sorry saga.

11:00, 26th June 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt II: Mitigating Ineligibility

The Spanish rugby team will miss out on qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2019 after fielding ineligible players. An independent committee confirmed they had breached the laws of the game. However, in the second of a two part series, Ben Cisneros suggests there remains a glimmer of hope for Spain.

18:00, 20th May 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt I: Finding Grounds for Appeal

A Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification match between Belgium and Spain was steeped in controversy. But in a recent decision, an independent committee declined to order a replay. In the first of a two part series, Ben Cisneros looks at how English law might help Spanish Rugby challenge this ruling.

11:00, 18th May 2018
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