1996–97 FIRA Tournament

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1996–97 FIRA Tournament
Date 22 November 1996 – 17 May 1997
Countries  Belgium
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 Georgia
 Germany
 Morocco
 Netherlands
 Poland
 Portugal
 Russia
 Spain
 Tunisia
Tournament statistics
Champions  Spain
Matches played 24
1995–1997 (Previous) (Next) 1997–1998

The 1996–97 FIRA tournament was a rugby union tournament organized by the Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur (FIRA).

Italy, France and Romania did not participate, in order to privilege other appointments. Italy and France were not interested to continue to participate in the FIRA senior competitions. Really, the two teams had to play the final of the previous trophy. Due to the great number of matches, also for the European competitions reserved to clubs, they could play the final only on 23 March 1997, after this tournament was started.

The tournament had a new formula. Twelwe teams were divided into four pools of 3 teams. After a round robin, they were ranked in 3 groups to define the ranking, also valid to divide the Teams for the second round qualification to 1999 Rugby World Cup.

There was no second division, the other 18 European teams played the first round of qualification to the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

First Round[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Qualified for 1–4th place semifinals
Qualified for 5–8th place semifinals
Qualified for 9–12th place semifinals
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Spain 2 2 0 0 102 17 +85 6
2  Belgium 2 1 0 1 24 80 −56 4
3  Germany 2 0 0 2 20 49 −29 2
16 November 1996
Belgium  24–3  Germany

24 November 1996
Germany  17–25  Spain

8 December 1996
Spain  77–0  Belgium

Pool B[edit]

Qualified for 1–4th place semifinals
Qualified for 5–8th place semifinals
Qualified for 9–12th place semifinals
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Georgia 2 2 0 0 47 34 +13 6
2  Russia 2 1 0 1 57 43 +14 4
3  Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 28 55 −27 2
22 September 1996
Czech Republic  14–18  Georgia

20 October 1996
Georgia  29–20  Russia

26 October 1996
Russia  37–14  Czech Republic

Pool C[edit]

Qualified for 1–4th place semifinals
Qualified for 5–8th place semifinals
Qualified for 9–12th place semifinals
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Portugal 2 2 0 0 66 17 +49 6
2  Tunisia 2 1 0 1 26 26 0 4
3  Netherlands 2 0 0 2 26 75 −49 2
27 October 1996
Netherlands  15–20  Tunisia

24 November 1996
Portugal  55–11  Netherlands

7 December 1996
Tunisia  6–11  Portugal

Pool D[edit]

Qualified for 1–4th place semifinals
Qualified for 5–8th place semifinals
Qualified for 9–12th place semifinals
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Poland 2 2 0 0 33 26 +7 6
2  Morocco 2 1 0 1 33 22 +11 4
3  Denmark 2 0 0 2 15 33 −18 2
28 September 1996
Poland  16–10  Denmark

19 October 1996
Morocco  16–17  Poland

2 November 1996
Denmark  5–17  Morocco

Second round[edit]

  • First to Fourth places Semifinals
19 April 1997
Portugal  21–17  Georgia

20 April 1997
Spain  44–10  Poland

  • 5th to 8th places Semifinals
20 April 1997
Belgium  9–14  Morocco

20 April 1997
Tunisia  25–30  Russia

  • 9th to 12th places Semifinals
20 April 1997
Denmark  8–13  Germany

19 April 1997
Czech Republic  19–18  Netherlands

Finals[edit]

  • First Place Final
11 May 1997
Spain  25–18  Portugal

  • 3rd Place Final
10 May 1997
Poland  29–23  Georgia

  • 5th Place Final
17 May 1997
Morocco  20–7  Russia

  • 7th Place Final
10 May 1997
Belgium  22–29  Tunisia

  • 9th Place Final
11 May 1997
Czech Republic  9–14  Germany

  • 11th Place Final
10 May 1997
Netherlands  48–5  Denmark

Final Ranking[edit]

1.  Spain
2. Portugal
3. Poland
4. Georgia
5. Morocco
6. Russia
7. Tunisia
8. Belgium
9. Germany
10. Czech Republic
11. Netherlands
12. Denmark

Bibliography[edit]

  • (Italian) Francesco Volpe, Valerio Vecchiarelli (2000), 2000 Italia in Meta, Storia della nazionale italiana di rugby dagli albori al Sei Nazioni, GS Editore (2000) ISBN 88-87374-40-6.
  • (Italian) Francesco Volpe, Paolo Pacitti (Author), Rugby 2000, GTE Gruppo Editorale (1999).

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