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Watch: Players Attack Referee After Controversial Rugby World Cup Qualifier

Watch: Players Attack Referee After Controversial Rugby World Cup Qualifier
By Maurice Brosnan Updated

On Sunday, Spain missed out on an automatic qualification place for the Rugby World Cup in controversial circumstances after they suffered a shock 18-10 loss away to Belgium in the Rugby Europe Championship.

The result means Romania progress, with Georgia already qualified from Europe's tier two tournament.

Spain will now need to beat Portugal in a two-legged tie and then play another play-off against Samoa if they are to reach Japan 2019, but they were extremely unhappy with the standard of officiating that caused this and swarmed the referee after the final whistle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTcyamiYv8g

It has since emerged Spain had issue with the chosen referee prior to the game and asked World Rugby to implement a change as well as use a TMO.

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The result means Romania will join Ireland's group A for the 2019 tournament. The winner of Portugal/Spain v Samoa will also join that group.

SEE ALSO: How Johnny Sexton Overcame Injury Concerns To Lead Ireland To Grand Slam Success

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