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Romania, Spain lose appeals, won't compete in 2019 Rugby World Cup

Rugby Jun 7, 2018

Romania, Spain lose appeals, won't compete in 2019 Rugby World Cup

Romania and Spain will not participate in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after an independent committee on Wednesday upheld their disqualification from the tournament for fielding ineligible players. The two countries appealed the penalties after an independent investigation on May 15 found that ...

Japan to open Rugby World Cup against Russia after Romania thrown out

Rugby May 16, 2018

Japan to open Rugby World Cup against Russia after Romania thrown out

Japan will play Russia in the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2019 after Romania was essentially thrown out of the tournament for fielding an ineligible player during the qualifying process, World Rugby announced Wednesday. Romania, Spain and Belgium were all deducted points from the ...

Japan to face Romania in 2019 Rugby World Cup opener

Rugby Mar 19, 2018

Japan to face Romania in 2019 Rugby World Cup opener

Spain's surprise 18-10 defeat at the hands of Belgium in the Rugby Europe Championship on Sunday allowed Romania to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, setting up a tournament-opening match against host Japan. In its ninth consecutive World Cup, Romania will join Japan in Pool ...

Japan holds off late Romania charge

More Sports / Rugby Jun 10, 2017

Japan holds off late Romania charge

Japan's pace got the better of Romania's brawn on Saturday as the Brave Blossoms downed the Oaks 33-21 at a packed Egao Kenko Stadium. With Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka showing all their experience and Ryuji Noguchi and Jumpei Ogura highlighting the growing competitiveness of ...

More Sports / Rugby Jan 27, 2017

JRFU announces venues for Brave Blossoms' June test matches

Japan's June tests against Romania and Ireland will be played at 2019 Rugby World Cup venues in Kumamoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday. Japan host Romania on June 10 at Kumamoto's Umakana-Yokana Stadium, which will be renamed Egao Kenko Stadium ...

Ceausescu bunker offers a window into Romania's brutal communist past

World Jan 27, 2017

Ceausescu bunker offers a window into Romania's brutal communist past

The hermetically sealed heavy steel door to the bunker of Romania's late communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, opens with a squeak, releasing a burst of cool air. The bunker sits two levels beneath a lavish villa in an upmarket neighborhood in Bucharest, Ceausescu's private residence through ...

France edges Romania on Payet's goal in opener

Soccer Jun 11, 2016

France edges Romania on Payet's goal in opener

After scoring one goal and setting up another in France's opening win at the European Championship, Dimitri Payet left the field in tears. The West Ham forward, now hitting his career peak at 29, was playing for his country at a major tournament for the ...

Prince Charles en route to Transylvania

World May 31, 2016

Prince Charles en route to Transylvania

Britain's Prince Charles has returned to Romania, where he has a charity that promotes skills and training in rural Transylvania. Charles, who has long been enamored of Romania's rural traditions, arrived in Bucharest on Monday and met with President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian ...

Soccer May 27, 2016

Longtime soccer coach Dumitru dies at 76

Ted Dumitru, the former South African national soccer team coach whose 40-year career took him from communist Romania to Turkey, Germany, the United States and across Africa, died Thursday. He was 76. The death of the Romania-born Dumitru was announced by the South African Football ...