2008–10 European Nations Cup First Division

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2008–10 European Nations Cup First Division
Date 8 November 2008 – 27 March 2010
Countries  Georgia
 Germany
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 Spain
Final positions
Champions  Georgia (2009)
 Romania (2010)
Antim Cup  Georgia (2009)
 Romania (2010)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30

The 2008–10 European Nations Cup First Division was the 7th edition of the championship since it was reformed in 2000. The championship not only determined the champions of the ENC but it also acted as an element of European qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

At present, there is no promotion or relegation between the European Nations Cup and the Six Nations. The current champions are Georgia, who won the 2011 First Division.

The top two teams, Georgia and Russia, qualified directly to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and the third placed team, Romania, entered the European qualification playoffs. These playoffs included the champion of Division 2A and the leaders of the lower ENC divisions (excluding 3D) at the end of the 2008–09 season. Romania emerged as the winner of the playoff series and will go on to play Tunisia, the second place African qualifier, in the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup 2011 20th Place Playoff for the last spot in the 2011 Rugby World Cup finals.

This season saw Germany in the First Division for the first time since the divisional system was created, replacing Czech Republic who were relegated to Division 2A.

The divisions play on a two-year cycle with the teams playing each other both home and away. From 2009 onward, the title is assigned according to a one-year ranking. So Georgia won the 2009 title [1] and Romania the title for 2010.[2] The same for the 2011–12 period.[3]

Season 2009[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Georgia 5 4 1 0 170 80 +90 14
2  Russia 5 4 0 1 162 77 +85 13
3  Portugal 5 3 1 1 124 84 +40 12
4  Romania 5 2 0 3 104 88 +16 9
5  Spain 5 1 0 4 77 151 -74 7
6  Germany 5 0 0 5 22 179 -157 5

Table points are determined as follows:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 point for a loss
  • 0 points for a forfeit
8 November 2008
Russia  42 – 15  Spain
Report[4]
Spèarta Stadium., Moscow

15 November 2008
Spain  22 – 11  Germany
Report[5]

7 February 2009
Germany  5 – 38  Georgia
Report[6]

7 February 2009
Spain  10 – 19  Romania
Report[7]

7 February 2009
Portugal  14 – 18  Russia
Report[8]

14 February 2009
Georgia  20 – 20  Portugal
Report[9]

14 February 2009
Germany  0 – 22  Romania
Report[10]

21 February 2009
Portugal  44 – 6  Germany
Report[11]

28 February 2009
Spain  11 – 55  Georgia
Report[12]

28 February 2009
Romania  19 – 28  Russia
Report[13]

14 March 2009
Georgia  28 – 23  Romania
Report[14]

15 March 2009
Portugal  24 – 19  Spain
Report[15]

21 March 2009
Russia  21 – 29  Georgia
Report[16]

21 March 2009
Romania  21 – 22  Portugal
Report[17]

2 May 2009
Germany  0 – 53  Russia
Report[18]

Season 2010[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Romania 5 4 1 0 178 48 +130 14
2  Georgia 5 4 0 1 156 52 +108 13
3  Russia 5 3 1 1 129 98 +27 12
4  Portugal 5 2 0 3 131 65 +66 9
5  Spain 5 1 0 4 68 153 -79 7
6  Germany 5 0 0 5 36 282 -251 5
6 February 2010
Russia  14 – 10  Portugal
Report[19]

6 February 2010
Georgia  77 – 3  Germany
Report[20]

13 February 2010
Spain  20 – 38  Russia
Report[21]

13 February 2010
Portugal  10 – 16  Georgia
Report[22]

13 February 2010
Romania  67 – 5  Germany
Report[23]
Constructorul Cleopatra, Constanţa

27 February 2010
Russia  21 – 21  Romania
Report[24]

27 February 2010
Germany  0 – 69  Portugal
Report[25]
K-u-S Martinsee, Heusenstamm

27 February 2010
Georgia  17 – 9  Spain
Report[26]

13 March 2010
Romania  22 – 10  Georgia
Report[27]

13 March 2010
Spain  15 – 33  Portugal
Report[28]

13 March 2010
Russia  48 – 11  Germany
Report[29]

20 March 2010
Germany  17 – 21  Spain
Report[30]

20 March 2010
Georgia  36 – 8  Russia
Report[22]

20 March 2010
Portugal  9 – 20  Romania
Report[31]

27 March 2010
Romania  48 – 3  Spain
Report[30]

  • The scheduled match between Romania and Spain on February 6, 2010 was postponed due to snow and freezing weather in Bucharest on the planned matchday, and was rescheduled to March 27.[34]

Table 2008–10[edit]

The cumulated table from both years, 2009–2010, decided which teams qualify directly to 2011 Rugby World Cup, which team goes through Play-off qualification rounds and which team is relegated to Division 1B for the 2010–12 season.

Qualified for 2011 Rugby World Cup
Qualified for Round 2
Relegated to 1B for 2010–2012
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1  Georgia 10 8 1 1 328 130 +198 27
2  Russia 10 7 1 2 289 177 +112 25
3  Romania 10 6 1 3 282 136 +146 23
4  Portugal 10 5 1 4 255 149 +106 21
5  Spain 10 2 0 8 151 304 -153 14
6  Germany 10 0 0 10 58 467 -409 10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "ROUMANIE Champion d'Europe 2010 (pagina 8)" (PDF) (in Polish). 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  3. ^ "ENC 2010-12 - DRAFT New format for the competition FIRA-AER" (in Polish). Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
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  31. ^ "Portugal v Romania". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  32. ^ "Lacey goes to Twickenham". www.sareferees.com. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
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  34. ^ "Romania Vs Spain Postponed". FIRA-AER. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2010-02-07. [dead link]

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