2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification

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There were a number of positions open to European nations to qualify for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. Ireland, Romania, Georgia and Italy, joining a number of other nations that automatically qualified.

Round 1 – 2000–2001[edit]

Three Pool Winners and top Runner-Up advanced to Round 2.

Pool A[edit]

Winner (Sweden) and Runner-Up (Latvia) advanced to Round 2.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Sweden 5 5 0 0 +208 15
 Latvia 5 4 0 1 +79 13
 Austria 5 3 0 2 +78 11
 Israel 5 2 0 3 +51 9
 Luxembourg 5 1 0 4 −222 7
 Norway 5 0 0 5 −194 5
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
23-Sep-2000 Norway – Luxembourg Stavanger, Norway 9–41
21-Oct-2000 Austria – Sweden Vienna, Austria 10–42
28-Oct-2000 Latvia – Luxembourg Riga, Latvia 24–19
28-Oct-2000 Sweden – Norway Korsangens, Sweden 44–3
11-Nov-2000 Latvia – Austria Riga, Latvia 38–12
3-Mar-2001 Luxembourg – Israel Luxembourg 3–62
17-Mar-2001 Israel – Latvia Israel 3–21
5-May-2001 Israel – Norway Israel 43–3
5-May-2001 Luxembourg – Sweden Cessange, Luxembourg 3–116
12-May-2001 Austria – Luxembourg Vienna, Austria 77–0
19-May-2001 Latvia – Norway Riga, Latvia 37–0
19-May-2001 Sweden – Israel Växjö, Sweden 35–20
2-Jun-2001 Austria – Israel Vienna, Austria 21–6
9-Jun-2001 Norway – Austria Borrebanen, Norway 7–51
9-Jun-2001 Sweden – Latvia Korsangens, Sweden 17–10

Pool B[edit]

Winner (Switzerland) advanced to Round 2.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
  Switzerland 5 4 0 1 +166 13
 Yugoslavia 5 3 0 2 +45 11
 Andorra 5 3 0 2 +43 11
 Hungary 5 2 0 3 −9 9
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 2 0 3 −58 9
 Bulgaria 5 1 0 4 −187 7
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
30-Sep-2000 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Hungary Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina 13–12
07-Oct-2000 Switzerland – Bosnia and Herzegovina Geneva, Switzerland 43–6
14-Oct-2000 Bulgaria – Switzerland Pernik, Bulgaria 9–90
14-Oct-2000 Andorra – Yugoslavia Andorra la Vella, Andorra 12–9
28-Oct-2000 Hungary – Andorra Százhalombatta, Hungary 27–21
5-Nov-2000 Yugoslavia – Bulgaria Dimitrovgrad, Yugoslavia 46–6
31-Mar-2001 Yugoslavia – Hungary Dimitrovgrad, Yugoslavia 25–10
05-May-2001 Switzerland – Andorra Lausanne, Switzerland 38–25
05-May-2001 Bulgaria – Bosnia and Herzegovina ? 30–8
12-May-2001 Andorra – Bulgaria Andorra la Vella, Andorra 59–10
12-May-2001 Switzerland – Hungary Basel, Switzerland 61–23
12-May-2001 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Yugoslavia ? 23–13
25-May-2001 Yugoslavia – Switzerland Gornji, Yugoslavia 13–10
25-May-2001 Andorra – Bosnia and Herzegovina Andorra la Vella, Andorra 23–13
25-May-2001 Hungary – Bulgaria ? 46–7

Pool C[edit]

Winner (Belgium) advanced to Round 2.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Belgium 5 5 0 0 +71 15
 Slovenia 5 3 1 1 +46 12
 Moldova 5 3 0 2 +25 11
 Lithuania 5 2 1 2 +38 10
 Monaco 5 1 0 4 −30 7
 Malta 5 0 0 5 −150 5
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
28-Oct-2000 Monaco – Moldova Menton, France 15–17
28-Oct-2000 Belgium – Slovenia Heysel, Belgium 24–10
18-Nov-2000 Slovenia – Lithuania Ljubljana, Slovenia 19–19
18-Nov-2000 Moldova – Malta Bender, Moldova 58–8
25-Nov-2000 Malta – Belgium Three Cities, Malta 0–26
2-Dec-2000 Monaco – Slovenia Menton, France 8–13
20-Jan-2001 Malta – Monaco Three Cities, Malta 3–9
3-Mar-2001 Monaco – Belgium Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France 12–18
7-Apr-2001 Belgium – Moldova Brussels, Belgium 26–10
21-Apr −2001 Malta – Lithuania Three Cities, Malta 11–39
28-Apr −2001 Slovenia – Moldova Ljubljana, Slovenia 30–15
5-May-2001 Belgium – Lithuania Laakdal, Belgium 29–20
12-May-2001 Slovenia – Malta Ljubljana, Slovenia 45–5
12-May-2001 Lithuania – Monaco Vilnius, Lithuania 33–10
2-Jun-2001 Moldova – Lithuania Chişinău, Moldova 20–16

Round 2 – 2001–2002[edit]

Pool Winners advanced to Round 3.

Pool A[edit]

Winner (Poland)advanced to Round 3.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Poland 4 4 0 0 +69 12
 Germany 4 2 0 2 +24 8
 Sweden 4 2 0 2 +23 8
 Denmark 4 2 0 2 +19 8
 Latvia 4 0 0 4 −135 4
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
22-Sep-2001 Latvia – Poland Riga, Latvia 18–60
29-Sep −2001 Poland – Sweden Gdańsk, Poland 18–6
7-Oct-2001 Sweden – Latvia Trelleborg, Sweden 37–12
20-Oct −2001 Sweden – Germany Malmö, Sweden 32–10
27-Oct-2001 Denmark – Sweden Frederiksberg, Denmark 33–21
3-Nov −2001 Denmark – Poland Copenhagen, Denmark 19–26
10-Nov-2001 Germany – Denmark Heidelberg, Germany 34–24
24-Nov-2001 Germany – Latvia Hanover, Germany 44–0
6-April-2002 Poland – Germany Gdynia, Poland 20–12
6-April −2002 Latvia – Denmark Riga, Latvia 8–32

Pool B[edit]

Winner (Czech Republic) advanced to Round 3.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Czech Republic 4 4 0 0 +95 12
 Ukraine 4 3 0 1 +46 10
 Croatia 4 2 0 2 −14 8
  Switzerland 4 1 0 3 −40 6
 Belgium 4 0 0 4 −87 4
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
22-Sep-2001 Czech Republic – Belgium Prague, Czech Republic 46–3
6-Oct-2001 Switzerland – Czech Republic Lausanne, Switzerland 6–32
13-Oct −2001 Croatia – Czech Republic Makarska, Croatia 5–13
13-Oct −2001 Ukraine – Belgium Kiev, Ukraine 21–10
20-Oct −2001 Ukraine – Croatia Kiev, Ukraine 41–7
27-Oct −2001 Belgium – Switzerland Brussels, Belgium 15–22
3-Nov-2001 Czech Republic – Ukraine Prague, Czech Republic 26–8
10-Nov −2001 Croatia – Switzerland Makarska, Croatia 18–16
24-Nov −2001 Belgium – Croatia Brussels, Belgium 0–26
24-Nov −2001 Switzerland – Ukraine Hermance, Switzerland 11–30

Round 3 – May–June, 2002[edit]

Pool Winners advanced to Round 4.

Pool A[edit]

Winner (Spain) advanced to Round 4.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Spain 2 1 0 1 +1 4
 Portugal 2 1 0 1 0 4
 Poland 2 1 0 1 −1 4
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
04-May-2002 Poland – Spain Warsaw (Poland) 27–15
18-May-2002 Portugal – Poland Jamor (Portugal) 39–26
2-June-2002 Spain – Portugal Madrid (Spain) 34–21

Pool B[edit]

Winner (Russia) advanced to Round 4.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Russia 2 2 0 0 +81 6
 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 +23 4
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 −104 2
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
05-May-2002 Czech Republic – Russia Prague (Czech Republic) 18–37
21-May-2002 Netherlands – Czech Republic Amsterdam (Netherlands) 12–54
1-June-2002 Russia – Netherlands Monino (Russia) 65–3

Round 4 – September–October, 2002[edit]

Pool Winners and Runners-Up qualified to 2003 Rugby World Cup. 3rd-Place advanced to Round 5.

Pool A[edit]

Italy qualified as Europe 2 to Pool D, Romania as Europe 3 to Pool A. Spain advanced to Round 5.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Italy 2 2 0 0 +55 6
 Romania 2 1 0 1 +53 4
 Spain 2 0 0 2 −108 2
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
22-Sep-2002 Spain – Italy Valladolid (Spain) 3–50
28-Sep-2002 Italy – Romania Parma (Italy) 25–17
05-Oct-2002 Romania – Spain Iaşi (Romania) 67–6

Pool B[edit]

Ireland qualified as Europe 1 to Pool D, Georgia as Europe 4 to Pool C. Russia advanced to Round 5.

Final Standings
Country GP W D L +/- Pts
 Ireland 2 2 0 0 +81 6
 Georgia 2 1 0 1 −45 4
 Russia 2 0 0 2 −36 2
Match Schedule
Date Match Venue Result
21-Sep-2002 Russia – Ireland Krasnoyarsk (Russia) 3–35
28-Sep-2002 Ireland – Georgia Dublin (Ireland) 63–14
13-Oct-2002 Georgia – Russia Tbilisi (Georgia) 17–13

Round 5 – October–November, 2002[edit]

Spain advanced to Repechage as Europe 5 to play Africa 2.

Match Schedule

Date Match Venue Result
27-October-2002  SpainRussia Madrid, Spain 3–36
24-November-2002  RussiaSpain Krasnodar, Russia 22–38

Russia won 58–41 on aggregate. However, after it was determined they used ineligible South African players, they were ejected from the competition and Spain advanced to Repechage.[1]

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