2008–10 European Nations Cup Third Division

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The 2008-2010 European Nations Cup (ENC) Third Division (a European rugby union competition for national teams) will be contested over two years during which all teams meet each other home and away. The Third Division consists of four levels, which effectively constitute the 5th through 8th levels of European international rugby. The winner of each division will be promoted to the next highest division. Due to changes in the competition, the last placed team will not be relegated to the next division lower.

The leader of each division (excluding 3D) at the end of the 2008-2009 season will have the opportunity to participate in the qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The previous champion of Division 3A, Sweden, was promoted to the Second Division and replaced with relegated side Andorra.

Table - Division 3A[edit]

Promoted to Division 2B for 2010–2012 and qualified for 2011 RWC Qualifying
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Lithuania (37) 7 7 0 0 198 50 +220 21
2  Armenia (UR) 8 4 0 4 151 154 -3 16
3  Serbia (59) 8 3 0 5 92 153 -133 14
4  Andorra (66) 8 3 0 5 122 173 -51 14
5   Switzerland (58) 7 2 0 5 79 112 -33 11

Serbia were ranked ahead of Andorra based on 39-28 aggregate score in their two matches as the series was tied 1-1.

Matches[edit]

Date Match Result Venue
13-Sep-2008 Serbia - Armenia 0 - 41 Smederevo, Serbia
18-Oct-2008 Armenia - Switzerland 35 - 15 Abovyan, Armenia
8-Nov-2008 Andorra - Lithuania 10 - 26 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
15-Nov-2008 Lithuania - Switzerland 33 - 0 Vilnius, Lithuania
6-Dec-2008 Serbia - Andorra 32 - 7 Smederevo, Serbia
14-Mar-2009 Switzerland - Andorra 32 - 9 Bern, Switzerland
21-Mar-2009 Andorra - Armenia 36 - 10 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
4-Apr-2009 Switzerland - Serbia 6 - 12 Nyon, Switzerland
2-May-2009 Lithuania - Serbia 50 - 9 Vilnius, Lithuania
9-May-2009 Armenia - Lithuania 19 - 24 Abovyan, Armenia
10-Oct-2009 Lithuania - Andorra 40 - 12 Šiauliai, Lithuania
24-Oct-2009 Serbia - Switzerland 13 - 8 Belgrade, Serbia
31-Oct-2009 Lithuania - Armenia 25 - 01 Klaipėda, Lithuania
22-Nov-2009 Switzerland - Armenia 18 - 0 Switzerland
29-Nov-2009 Andorra - Serbia 21 - 7 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
3-Apr-2010 Armenia - Andorra 26 - 17 Abovyan, Armenia
10-Apr-2010 Armenia - Serbia 20 - 19 Abovyan, Armenia
17-Apr-2010 Switzerland - Lithuania Postponed2 Switzerland
24-Apr-2010 Serbia - Lithuania 5 - 773 Serbia
8-May-2010 Andorra - Switzerland 10 - 0 Andorra la Vella, Andorra

1 Armenia were unable to show up for the match due to a pilot's strike in Armenia; Lithuania were awarded a 25-0 victory and Armenia received a point for the loss.
2 The match was originally scheduled for 17 April 2010, but was postponed due to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
3 Lithuania's win in this match set a new world record in men's International Rugby for the most consecutive wins with 18 wins.

Table - Division 3B[edit]

Promoted to 3A for 2010–2012 and Qualified for 2011 RWC Qualifying
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Slovenia (71) 8 6 0 2 143 121 +22 20
2  Hungary (64) 8 5 0 3 202 146 +56 18
3  Denmark (67) 8 4 0 4 149 148 +1 16
4  Norway (78) 8 3 0 5 111 130 -19 14
5  Austria (92) 8 2 0 6 87 147 -60 12

Matches[edit]

Date Match Result Venue
13-Sep-2008 Slovenia - Hungary 32 - 26 Ljubljana, Slovenia
27-Sep-2008 Norway - Hungary 15 - 26 Ekebergsletta, Oslo, Norway
11-Oct-2008 Norway - Austria 11 - 3 Ekebergsletta, Oslo, Norway
18-Oct-2008 Hungary - Denmark 39 - 12 Kecskemét, Hungary
01-Nov-2008 Denmark - Slovenia 19 - 25 Odense Atletikstadion, Odense, Denmark
08-Nov-2008 Austria - Slovenia 9 - 18 Hohe Warte Stadium, Vienna, Austria
11-Apr-2009 Denmark - Norway 20 - 18 Odense Atletikstadion, Odense, Denmark
18-Apr-2009 Hungary - Austria 25 - 13 Esztergom, Hungary
25-Apr-2009 Austria - Denmark 6 - 27 Trauner Stadion, Traun, Austria
25-Apr-2009 Slovenia - Norway 14 - 10 Ljubljana, Slovenia
10-Oct-2009 Hungary - Slovenia 17 - 11 Pecs, Hungary
17-Oct-2009 Slovenia - Austria 13 - 15 Ljubljana, Slovenia
17-Oct-2009 Norway - Denmark 15 - 8 Fana stadion, Bergen, Norway
31-Oct-2009 Denmark - Hungary 27 - 18 Odense, Denmark
14-Nov-2009 Austria - Norway 9 - 12 Vienna, Austria
24-Apr-2010 Denmark - Austria 24 - 13 Denmark
01-May-2010 Hungary - Norway 34 - 17 Esztergom, Hungary
15-May-2010 Slovenia - Denmark 14 - 12 Ljubljana, Slovenia
15-May-2010 Austria - Hungary 19 - 17 Vienna, Austria
22-May-2010 Norway - Slovenia 13 - 16 Aksla Stadion, Ålesund, Norway

Table - Division 3C[edit]

Promoted to 3B for 2010–2012 and Qualified for 2011 RWC Qualifying
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Israel (81) 8 8 0 0 257 59 +198 24
2  Greece (UR) 8 5 0 3 145 141 +4 18
3  Bulgaria (82) 8 5 0 3 162 162 +0 18
4  Luxembourg (94) 8 2 0 6 96 150 -54 12
5  Finland (95) 8 0 0 8 79 227 -148 8

Greece were ranked ahead of Bulgaria based on 56-36 aggregate score in two head to head matches as the series was drawn 1-1.

Matches[edit]

Date Match Result Venue
04-Oct-2008 Finland - Luxembourg 19 - 27 Helsinki, Finland
11-Oct-2008 Finland - Greece 10 - 12 Helsinki, Finland
15-Nov-2008 Bulgaria - Israel 8 - 11 Pernik, Bulgaria
22-Nov-2008 Greece - Israel 10 - 25 Zirineio Municipal Stadium, Kifissia, Greece
29-Nov-2008 Luxembourg - Bulgaria 10 - 18 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
21-Mar-2009 Israel - Luxembourg 30 - 0 Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel
11-Apr-2009 Greece - Bulgaria 41 - 18 Alexandroupoli, Greece
25-Apr-2009 Bulgaria - Finland 29 - 10 Pernik, Bulgaria
25-Apr-2009 Luxembourg - Greece 14 - 17 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
02-May-2009 Israel - Finland 70 - 8 Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel
03-Oct-2009 Finland - Bulgaria 13 - 36 Myllypuro, Helsinki, Finland
24-Oct-2009 Bulgaria - Luxembourg 25 - 12 Pernik, Bulgaria
07-Nov-2009 Luxembourg - Finland 9 - 3 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
27-Feb-2010 Greece - Finland 31 - 10 Greece
13-Mar-2010 Greece - Luxembourg 17 - 9 Greece
10-Apr-2010 Israel - Bulgaria 50 - 10 Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel
17-Apr-2010 Israel - Greece 39 - 0 Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel
24-Apr-2010 Bulgaria - Greece 18 - 15 Pernik, Bulgaria
01-May-2010 Luxembourg - Israel 17 - 19 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
12-June-2010 Finland - Israel 6 - 13 Myllypuro, Helsinki, Finland

Table - Division 3D[edit]

Promoted to 3C for 2010–2012
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Cyprus (UR) 6 6 0 0 187 17 +170 18
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina (89) 6 4 0 2 113 48 +65 14
3  Monaco (92) 6 1 0 5 59 153 -94 7
4  Azerbaijan (UR) 6 1 0 5 27 168 -141 5

On 23 September 2009, Slovakia withdrew from the remainder of the competition, and their record was expunged.

Matches[edit]

Date Match Result Venue
11-Oct-2008 Monaco - Bosnia 5 - 50 Stade Val d'Anaud, Menton, France
15-Nov-2008 Slovakia - Bosnia 32 - 46 Slovakia
22-Nov-2008 Bosnia - Azerbaijan 18 - 7 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia
29-Nov-2008 Azerbaijan - Cyprus 3 - 37 Sports Academy Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
06-Dec-2008 Cyprus - Monaco 24 - 3 Episkopi, Cyprus
31-Jan-2009 Monaco - Azerbaijan 38 - 12 Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France
14-Mar-2009 Cyprus - Slovakia 33 - 7 Cyprus
21-Mar-2009 Slovakia - Monaco 11 - 10 Slovakia
21-Mar-2009 Bosnia - Cyprus 6 - 8 Zenica, Bosnia
09-May-2009 Azerbaijan - Slovakia 6 - 0 Baku, Azerbaijan
10-Oct-2009 Bosnia - Monaco 23 - 8 Kamberovica polje, Zenica, Bosnia
07-Nov-2009 Azerbaijan - Bosnia 5 - 16 Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
14-Nov-2009 Monaco - Cyprus 5 - 44 Menton, France
30-Jan-2010 Azerbaijan - Monaco 6 - 0 1 Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
06-Mar-2010 Cyprus - Azerbaijan 50 - 0 Paphos, Cyprus
27-Mar-2010 Cyprus - Bosnia 15 - 0 Paphos, Cyprus

1 Monaco forfeited the match due to player illness; Azerbaijan received a 6-0 win, and Monaco were given a point for the loss.

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