2012–14 European Nations Cup Second Division

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2012–14 European Nations Cup
Date 2012–2014
Countries Division 2A:
 Croatia
 Lithuania
 Malta
 Netherlands
  Switzerland
Division 2B:
 Andorra
 Denmark
 Israel
 Latvia
 Serbia
Division 2C:
 Austria
 Bulgaria
 Cyprus
 Hungary
 Slovenia
Division 2D:
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Finland
 Greece
 Luxembourg
 Norway
Tournament statistics
Matches played Division 2A: 1
Division 2B: 4
Division 2C: 3
Division 2D: 2
Top point scorer(s) Division 2A: Netherlands Bart Viguurs (44)
Division 2B: Serbia Boris Martić (31)
Division 2C: Cyprus Marcus Holden (75)
Division 2D: Bosnia and Herzegovina Armin Vehabovic (45)
Top try scorer(s) Division 2A: Switzerland Cyril Lin (3)
Division 2B: Israel Eitan Humphreys (4)
Division 2C: 4 Try scorers (4)
Division 2D: 6 Try scorers (2)
2010–12 (Previous) (Next) 2014–16

The 2012–14 European Nations Cup Second Division is the third tier rugby union in Europe behind the Six Nations Championship and the 2012-2014 European Nations Cup First Division.

The second division comprises four pools (2A, 2B, 2C, and 2D). Teams within each division play each other in a home and away round robin schedule over a two-year period.

At the end of every season a champion was declared according but for relegation and promotion only the two years ranking are considered. The first in the 2012–2014 ranking of each pool will be promoted while last place teams will be relegated. Winners of pool 2A, will be promoted to division 1-pool B for the 2014–16 edition while the last place team in pool 2A will be relegated to pool 2B. Likewise, winners of 2B will be promoted to 2A, last place in 2B will be relegated to 2C, winner of 2C will be promoted to 2B, last place of 2C will be relegated to 2D, winner of 2D will be promoted to 2C and last place of 2D will be relegated to 3; The winner of 3 replacing the relegated 2D team. Additionally, there will be playoff matches between second place teams and fourth place teams between pools. Winners of these playoffs will determine if additional promotions/relegation occur. There will no playoff between the fourth of 2D and the second of 3.

In addition to the season competitions, the 2012–2013 seasons in all four pools doubles as a 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifier. The winning teams in each pool will play off for the chance to challenge the Division 1 teams for the repechage place for Europe.[1]

Division 2A[edit]

2012–2013[edit]

Table

2012–13 Champions & qualified for RWC 15 European Qualifiers Round 3


Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Netherlands (47) 4 4 0 0 125 57 +68 2 18
2   Switzerland (52) 4 3 0 1 92 75 +17 2 14
3  Croatia (44) 4 1 0 3 78 92 -14 3 7
4  Malta (45) 4 1 0 3 73 104 -31 1 5
5  Lithuania (36) 4 1 0 3 69 109 -40 0 4

Pre tournament rankings in parentheses.

Games[2]










2013–14[edit]

Table

2013–14 Champions


Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost Bonus for against difference
1  Netherlands 4 3 1 0 3 132 68 +64 17
2  Malta 4 3 0 1 1 89 75 +14 13
3  Lithuania 4 1 0 3 3 80 90 -106 7
4   Switzerland 4 1 1 2 1 78 84 -6 7
5  Croatia 4 1 0 3 0 67 129 -62 4


Games










2012–2014[edit]

Promoted to Division 1B for 2014–16 ENC
Playoff to remain Division 2A in 2014–16
Relegated to Division 2B for 2014–16 ENC
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Netherlands (47) 8 7 1 0 257 125 +132 5 35
2   Switzerland (52) 8 4 1 3 170 159 +11 3 21
3  Malta (45) 8 4 0 4 162 179 -17 2 18
4  Croatia (44) 8 2 0 6 145 221 -76 3 11
5  Lithuania (36) 8 2 0 6 149 199 -50 3 11

Pre tournament rankings in parentheses.

Division 2B[edit]

2012–2013[edit]

Table

2012–13 Champions & qualified for RWC 15 European Qualifiers Round 2


Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Israel (56) 4 4 0 0 137 45 +92 3 19
2  Latvia (72) 4 2 0 2 85 82 +3 3 11
3  Denmark (61) 4 1 1 2 62 79 -17 1 7
4  Andorra (62) 4 1 1 2 48 77 -29 0 6
5  Serbia (73) 4 1 0 3 84 133 -49 2 6

Numbers in parentheses are pre-tournament rankings.
Games[3]










2013–14[edit]

Table

2013–14 Champions


Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost Bonus for against difference
1  Latvia 4 3 0 1 3 89 67 +22 15
2  Israel 4 3 0 1 2 75 64 +11 14
3  Andorra 4 3 0 1 2 83 63 +20 14
4  Denmark 4 1 0 3 3 66 72 -6 7
5  Serbia 4 0 0 4 0 52 99 -47 0

Games










2012–2014[edit]

Promoted to Division 2A for 2014–16 ENC
Playoff for promotion to Division 2A in 2014–16
Playoff to remain Division 2B in 2014–16
Relegated to Division 2C for 2014–16 ENC
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Israel (56) 8 7 0 1 212 109 +103 5 33
3  Latvia (72) 8 5 0 3 174 149 +25 6 26
2  Andorra (62) 8 4 1 3 131 140 -9 2 20
4  Denmark (61) 8 2 1 5 128 151 -23 3 14
5  Serbia (73) 8 1 0 7 136 232 -96 2 6

Numbers in parentheses are pre-tournament rankings.

Division 2C[edit]

2012–2013[edit]

Table

2012–13 Champions


Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost Bonus for against difference
1  Cyprus (NR) 4 4 0 0 3 198 53 +145 19
2  Slovenia (81) 4 2 0 2 2 52 96 -44 10
3  Hungary (85) 4 2 0 2 2 61 57 +4 10
4  Bulgaria (79) 4 2 0 2 1 65 128 -63 9
5  Austria (84) 4 0 0 4 3 57 99 -42 3

Pre tournament rankings in parentheses. NR=no ranking

Games[4]






  • This was the 18th consecutive Test match win for Cyprus, a new world record. The previous record of 17 was held jointly by New Zealand, South Africa, and Lithuania. (Although International Rugby Board records credit Lithuania with 18 consecutive wins from 2006 to 2010, ESPN Scrum pointed out that this streak should be reduced by one, as this 18-match sequence in fact included one loss.)[5]




2013–14[edit]

Table

2013–14 Champions


Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost Bonus for against difference
1  Cyprus 4 4 0 0 3 148 39 +109 19
2  Hungary 4 3 0 1 2 138 66 +72 14
3  Austria 4 2 0 2 1 98 67 +31 9
4  Slovenia 4 1 0 3 1 57 106 -49 5
5  Bulgaria 4 0 0 4 0 51 214 -163 0

Games










2012–2014[edit]

Promoted to Division 2B for 2014–16 ENC
Playoff for promotion to Division 2B in 2014–16
Playoff to remain Division 2C in 2014–16
Relegated to Division 2D for 2014–16 ENC
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost Bonus for against difference
1  Cyprus (NR) 8 8 0 0 6 346 92 +254 38
2  Hungary (85) 8 5 0 3 4 176 111 +65 24
3  Slovenia (81) 8 3 0 5 3 109 194 -93 15
4  Austria (84) 8 2 0 6 4 143 143 0 12
5  Bulgaria (79) 8 2 0 6 1 116 342 -169 9

Pre tournament rankings in parentheses. NR=no ranking

Division 2D[edit]

2012–2013[edit]

Table

2012–13 Champions & qualified for RWC 15 European Qualifiers Round 1


Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Luxembourg (95) 4 3 0 1 74 62 +12 0 12
2  Norway (93) 4 2 0 2 65 48 +17 3 11
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina (87) 4 2 0 2 78 71 +7 2 10
4  Greece (NR) 4 2 0 2 61 64 -3 1 9
5  Finland (96) 4 1 0 3 45 78 -33 2 6

Pre-tournament rankings in parentheses. NR=No ranking
Games[6]










2013–14[edit]

Table

2013–14 Champions


Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost Bonus for against difference
1  Luxembourg 4 3 0 1 1 100 46 +54 13
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 2 0 2 3 109 61 +48 11
3  Norway 4 2 0 2 2 76 87 -11 10
4  Finland 4 2 0 2 2 83 96 -13 10
5  Greece 4 1 0 3 0 71 149 -78 4

Games










2012–2014[edit]

Promoted to Division 2C for 2014–16 ENC
Playoff for promotion to Division 2C in 2014–16
Relegated to Division 3A for 2014–16 ENC
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Luxembourg (95) 8 6 0 2 174 107 +67 1 25
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina (87) 8 4 0 4 187 132 +55 5 21
3  Norway (93) 8 4 0 4 141 135 +6 5 21
4  Finland (96) 8 3 0 5 128 174 -46 4 16
5  Greece (NR) 8 3 0 5 132 215 -81 1 13

Pre-tournament rankings in parentheses. NR=No ranking

Promotion/Relegation Playoffs[edit]

Division 2A-Division 2B[edit]

Division 2B's 2nd placed Latvia hosted Division 2A's 4th placed Croatia. Croatia, with winning, retained their place in the ENC Division 2A for 2014-2016, while Latvia will play in the ENC Division 2B.

Division 2B-Division 2C[edit]

Division 2C's 2nd placed Hungary were due to host Division 2B's 4th placed Denmark. However, Denmark chose not to play the match, and therefore Hungary were promoted to Division 2B for 2014-16, while Denmark was relegated to Division 2C.[8]

Division 2C-Division 2D[edit]

Division 2D's 2nd placed Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted Division 2C's 4th placed Austria. The winner (Austria) will play in the ENC Division 2C for 2014-2016, while the loser (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will remain in the ENC Division 2D.

Pre-game rankings in parentheses

References[edit]

  1. ^ Note: Though Cyprus is participating in ENC Division 2C, they are not IRB members and are thus not eligible to participate in Rugby World Cup qualifying. As Cyprus won this division's 2013 round, the runner-up team, Slovenia, entered the RWC play-offs.
  2. ^ "ENC 2A First Leg". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ "ENC 2B First Leg". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "ENC 2C First Leg". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ Farmer, Stuart; Vou, Andrew (16 March 2013). "Cyprus on verge of historic win". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "ENC 2D First Leg". FIRA-AER. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  7. ^ a b FIRA Match sheet shows incorrectly that Tertius Barnard scored.
  8. ^ "Mérkőzés nélkül kerülhetünk fel az ENC 2B csoportba". Hungarian Rugby Union. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-06-11.