2014–16 European Nations Cup First Division

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2014–16 European Nations Cup
Date Autumn 2014 – Spring 2016
Countries Division 1A:
 Georgia
 Germany
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 Spain
Division 1B:
 Belgium
 Moldova
 Netherlands
 Poland
 Sweden
 Ukraine
Tournament statistics
Champions  Georgia (2015, 2016)
Top point scorer(s) Division 1A:
Georgia (country)Merab Kvirikashvili(64 points)
Division 1B:
Belgium Baptiste Lescarboura (55 points)
Top try scorer(s) Division 1A:
Georgia (country) Zurab Zhvania (5 tries)
Division 1B:
Belgium Baptiste Lescarboura (11 tries)
2012–14 (Previous) (Next) 2017

The 2014–16 European Nations Cup First Division is the premier rugby union competition below the Six Nations Championship in Europe. It is divided into two tiers; Division 1A and Division 1B.

The divisions play on a two-year cycle with the teams playing each other both home and away. From 2009 onward, the title is awarded according to a one-year ranking.[1]

The competition has been slightly altered for the 2014–16 edition. The top tier Division 1A has seen the relegation of Belgium to Division 1B. They have been replaced with Germany, who finished at the top of Division 1B in the 2012–14 season. The bottom tier division 1B has seen the relegation of the Czech Republic to the European Nations Cup Second Division. They have been replaced by Netherlands who won promotion from Division 2A.

The champions of Division 1B will be promoted to Division 1A for the 2017–18 season, while the last placed team in each division will be relegated.

Division 1A[edit]

Point system[edit]

Table points are determined as follows:[2]

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 0 point for a loss
  • 1 bonus point for scoring 4 tries in a match
  • 1 bonus point for losing by 7 points or fewer

Season 2015[edit]

Table

Key
2015 Champions
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost bonus for against diff
1  Georgia (14) 5 5 0 0 1 158 42 +116 21
2  Romania (17) 5 3 0 2 3 102 61 +41 15
3  Spain (21) 5 3 0 2 2 131 99 +32 14
4  Russia (19) 5 3 0 2 1 103 119 −16 13
5  Portugal (22) 5 1 0 4 1 52 100 −48 5
6  Germany (25) 5 0 0 5 1 61 186 −125 1

Pre-tournament World Rugby Rankings in parentheses

Games[3]

Season 2016[edit]

Table

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost bonus for against diff
1  Georgia (12) 5 5 0 0 4 188 33 +155 24
2  Romania (16) 5 4 0 1 3 160 77 +83 19
3  Russia (18) 5 3 0 2 1 128 115 +13 14
4  Spain (22) 5 1 1 3 3 84 88 –4 9
5  Germany (23) 5 1 1 3 1 84 193 –109 7
6  Portugal (30) 5 0 0 5 1 72 210 –138 1

Games[5]

Combined table (2015–2016)[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost bonus for against diff
1  Georgia (12) 10 10 0 0 5 346 75 +271 45
2  Romania (16) 10 7 0 3 6 262 138 +124 34
3  Russia (18) 10 6 0 4 3 231 234 –3 27
4  Spain (22) 10 4 1 5 5 232 207 +28 23
5  Germany (23) 10 1 1 8 2 162 396 −234 8
6  Portugal (30) 10 1 0 9 2 124 310 −196 6

Note: Portugal is relegated to 2016–17 Rugby Europe Trophy.

Attendances (2014–2016)[edit]

Top 5[edit]

Season Game Home team Visitor Attendance Sources
1 2016 5  Georgia  Romania 53,400 °
2 2015 2  Georgia  Russia 30,000 °
3 2016 4  Georgia  Spain 15,000 [1]
4 2015 1  Georgia  Portugal 12,000 [2]
5 2016 5  Spain  Portugal 10,500 [3]

° — no official report

Average home attendances[edit]

Pos Team GP Total High Low Average
1  Georgia° 5 112,400 53,400 2,000 22,480
2  Spain °° 5 35,000 9,000 2,000 7,000
3  Germany 5 21,850 8,823 1,300 4,370
4  Romania°°°°° 5 16,500 6,000 1,500 3,300
5  Russia°°°° 5 7,000 3,500 400 1,400
6  Portugal°°° 5 5,100 2,000 700 1,020

° Georgia-Russia - no official report

°° Spain-Georgia - no official report

°°° Portugal-Romania - no official report

°°°° Russia-Germany - no official report

°°°°° Romania-Germany - no official report

Division 1B[edit]

Season 2014–15[edit]

Table

2014-2015 Champions
Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1  Belgium (30) 5 5 0 0 189 78 +111 2 22
2  Moldova (29) 5 3 0 2 158 83 +75 4 16
3  Ukraine (32) 5 3 0 2 108 81 +27 1 13
4  Netherlands (31) 5 2 0 3 81 74 +7 3 11
5  Poland (35) 5 2 0 3 103 146 −43 2 10
6  Sweden (44) 5 0 0 5 49 226 −177 0 0

Pre-tournament IRB rankings in parentheses (as at 1 September 2014)

Games[11]


Season 2015–16[edit]

Table

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1  Ukraine (31) 5 5 0 0 136 84 +30 3 23
2  Belgium (26) 5 4 0 1 127 65 +62 3 19
3  Moldova (32) 5 2 0 3 87 84 +3 3 11
4  Netherlands (33) 5 2 0 3 113 123 -10 1 11
5  Poland (36) 5 2 0 3 88 116 -28 0 8
6  Sweden (49) 5 0 0 5 71 150 −79 1 1

Pre-tournament World Rugby rankings in parentheses (as at 1 September 2015)
Games

Combined table (2014–2016)[edit]

Table

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff
1  Belgium (30) 10 9 0 1 316 143 +173 5 41
2  Ukraine (32) 10 8 0 2 244 165 +79 4 36
3  Moldova (29) 10 5 0 5 245 167 +78 7 27
4  Netherlands (31) 10 4 0 6 194 197 -3 6 22
5  Poland (35) 10 4 0 6 191 262 −71 2 18
6  Sweden (44) 10 0 0 10 120 376 −256 1 1
Promotion to 2017 Rugby Europe Championship
Relegation to 2016–17 Rugby Europe Conference

Pre-tournament IRB rankings in parentheses (as at 1 September 2014)

Attendances (2014–2016)[edit]

Top 5[edit]

Season Game Home team Visitor Attendance Sources
1 2014-2015 3  Poland  Ukraine 7,500 [11]
2 2014-2015 1  Poland  Sweden 5,000 [12]
3 2014-2015 2  Poland  Netherlands 5,000 [13]
4 2014-2015 1  Ukraine  Netherlands 4,000 [14]
5 2015-2016 3  Ukraine  Poland 3,180 [15]

Average home attendances[edit]

Pos Team GP Total High Low Average
1  Poland 3 17,500 7,500 5,000 5,833
2  Ukraine 3 7,180 4,000 3,180 3,590
3  Belgium 4 2,450 1,500 950 1,225
4  Moldova 3 3,400 2,000 500 1,113
5  Netherlands 3 3,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
6  Sweden 3 3,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

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