2017 Rugby Europe Championship

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2017 Rugby Europe Championship
Date11 February – 18 March 2017
Countries
Tournament statistics
Champions Romania (5th title)
Antim Cup Romania [1] [2] (6th title)
Matches played15
Attendance114,976 (7,665 per match)
Tries scored79 (5.27 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Spain Bradley Linklater (51)
Top try scorer(s)Georgia (country) Giorgi Koshadze (4)
Georgia (country) Giorgi Tkhilaishvili (4)
Official websiteRugby International Championship
2014–16 (Previous) (Next) 2018

The 2017 Rugby Europe Championship is the premier rugby union competition outside of the Six Nations Championship in Europe. It is the inaugural Championship under its new format, that saw Belgium, Georgia, Germany, Romania, Russia and Spain compete for the title.

This year's edition of the Rugby Europe Championship also served as the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers for the European region. The team with the best record across the 2017 and 2018 Championships qualifies as Europe 1.[3] As Georgia have already secured qualification automatically, in the event of a Georgian win, the runner-up will take the Europe 1 qualification spot. In respect of matters relating to the eligibility of players, following a full review of the evidence, including statements and submissions from World Rugby, Rugby Europe, Belgium, Romania, Spain and Russia, the independent committee found: Belgium had fielded one or more ineligible players on 7 occasions during the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championships (of which 6 matches related to Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying) Romania has fielded one ineligible player on 8 occasions during the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championships (of which 6 matches related to Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying) Spain had fielded one or more ineligible players on 9 occasions during the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championships (of which 8 matches related to Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying) In respect of the sanctions, pursuant to Regulation 18, the independent committee determined the following: The deduction of 5 points for any match in which a union fielded an ineligible player (40-point deduction for Spain, and a 30-point deduction for both Belgium and Romania). Therefore, based on a re-modelling of the Rugby Europe Championship tables in the context of Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying, Russia would qualify as Europe 1 into Pool A replacing Romania and Germany will replace Spain in the European play-off against Portugal. As the tournament for 2017 had been completed and issues of relegation had been decided in that year, the points deduction were not be applied to the 2017 Rugby Europe tournament.[4]

Table[edit]

Champions
Advances Promotion/Relegation play-off
Place Nation Games Points Tries
Try
BP
Losing
BP
Grand Slam
BP
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff for against diff
4  Romania (16) 5 4 0 1 122 78 +44 16 9 +7 2 1 0 19*
1  Georgia (12) 5 4 0 1 136 44 +92 19 4 +15 2 1 0 19
5  Spain (22) 5 3 0 2 91 54 +37 9 5 +4 1 0 0 13*
2  Russia (19) 5 2 0 3 107 117 –10 14 14 0 1 0 0 9
3  Germany (24) 5 2 0 3 121 201 –80 14 28 -14 0 0 0 8
6  Belgium (26) 5 0 0 5 70 153 –83 7 19 -12 0 2 0 2*
Points were awarded to the teams as follows:
Win - 4 points
Draw - 2 points
At least 3 or more tries than opponent - 1 point
Loss within 7 points - 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points - 0 points
Completing a Grand Slam - 1 points (not counted towards World Cup qualification)[5]
*As the tournament for 2017 had been completed and issues of relegation had been decided in that year, the points deduction should not be applied to the 2017 Rugby Europe tournament (para 51). [6][7][8]

Pre-tournament world ranking in parentheses.[9]

Fixtures[edit]

Week 1[edit]

11 February 2017
13:15 CET (UTC+01)
Germany  41-38  Romania (1 LBP)
Try: Penalty try 34' c
Jacobus Otto 36' c
Dash Barber (2) 57' c, 70' c
Marcel Coetzee 74' c
Con: Raynor Parkinson (5/5) 34', 37', 57', 71', 75'
Pen: Raynor Parkinson (1/2) 7'
Drop: Raynor Parkinson (1/1) 18'
Gamesheet Try: Andrei Ursache (2) 19' c, 46' c
Jack Umaga 23' c
Ionuț Dumitru (2) 29' c, 49' c
Con: Florin Vlaicu (5/5) 20', 24', 30', 47', 50'
Pen: Florin Vlaicu (1/1) 3'
Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: France Maxime Chalon

11 February 2017
15:00 CET (UTC+01)
Belgium  6-31  Georgia (1 TBP)
Pen: Alan Williams 42', 56'
Gamesheet Try: Giorgi Tkhilaishvili 21' c
Giorgi Koshadze 37' c
Penalty try 75' c
Beka Gorgadze 80'+10' c
Con: Merab Kvirikashvili (3/3) 22', 37', 75'
Lasha Malaghuradze (1/1) 80'+10'
Pen: Merab Kvirikashvili 12'
King Baudouin Stadium - Annex 2, Brussels
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Wales Ben Whitehouse

11 February 2017
16:00 CET (UTC+01)
Spain  16-6  Russia
Try: Mathieu Bélie 7' c
Con: Bradley Linklater (1/1) 8'
Pen: Bradley Linklater 5', 20', 80'
Gamesheet Pen: Yuri Kushnarev 11', 34'
Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid, Spain
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Ireland Dudley Phillips


Week 2[edit]

18 February 2017
13:00 EET (UTC+02)
Romania  13-3  Spain
Try: Florin Vlaicu 15' c
Con: Florin Vlaicu (1/1) 16'
Pen: Luke Samoa (0/1)
Florin Vlaicu (2/2) 29', 57'
Jack Umaga (0/1)
Gamesheet Pen: Bradley Linklater (1/2) 20'
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Attendance: 3,750
Referee: Italy Elia Rizzo

18 February 2017
15:00 CET (UTC+01)
(1 LBP) Belgium  18-25  Russia
Try: Ervin Muric 36' m
Thomas Demolder 47' c
Con: Alan Williams (1/2) 47'
Pen: Alan Williams (2/3) 5', 62'
Gamesheet Try: Viktor Gresev 3' c
Andrei Garbuzov 10' m
Evgeny Elgin 80' c
Con: Yuri Kushnarev (2/3) 3', 80'
Pen: Yuri Kushnarev (2/2) 55', 71'
King Baudouin Stadium - Annex 2, Brussels
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: France Salem Atallah

19 February 2017
15:00 GET (UTC+04)
(1 TBP) Georgia  50-6  Germany
Try: Giorgi Koshadze (2) 3' c, 27' c
Giorgi Pruidze 17' c
Giorgi Tkhilaishvili (2) 47' m, 68' c
Beka Gorgadze (2) 56' m, 64' m
Merab Sharikadze 80' c
Con: Merab Kvirikashvili (4/7) 4', 18', 28', 69'
Giorgi Koshadze (1/1) 80'+1'
Gamesheet Pen: Raynor Parkinson (2/3) 8', 24'
Rustavi Rugby Stadium, Rustavi
Attendance: 3,300
Referee: Belgium Max Burlet


Week 3[edit]

4 March 2017
13:00 MSK (UTC+03)
Russia  10-30  Romania (1 TBP)
Try: Valery Morozov 79' c
Con: Yuri Kushnarev (1/1) 79'
Pen: Yuri Kushnarev 40'
Gamesheet Try: Ionel Badiu 6' c
Mădălin Lemnaru 26' c
Valentin Popârlan 69' m
Jody Rose 80' m
Con: Florin Vlaicu (2/2) 8', 27'
Pen: Valentin Calafeteanu 45', 47'
Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ireland Sean Gallagher

4 March 2017
16:00 CET (UTC+01)
Spain  10-20  Georgia
Try: Ilaitia Gavidi 22' c
Con: Bradley Linklater (1/1) 23'
Pen: Bradley Linklater 2'
Gamesheet Try: Giorgi Tkhilaishvili 49' c
Soso Matiashvili 57' c
Con: Merab Kvirikashvili (2/2) 50', 58'
Pen: Merab Kvirikashvili 20', 78'
Estadio Municipal, Medina del Campo
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Wales Craig Evans

4 March 2017
16:15 CET (UTC+01)
Germany  34-29  Belgium (1 LBP)
Try: Jacobus Otto 6' c
Jarid Els 33' c
Sean Armstrong 45' c
Jamie Murphy 67' c
Con: Raynor Parkinson (4/4) 6', 34', 46', 67'
Pen: Raynor Parkinson (2/2) 9', 15'
Gamesheet Try: Alan Williams 52' c
James Pearce 60' m
Ervin Muric 77' m
Con: Alan Williams (1/3) 53'
Pen: Alan Williams (4/4) 3', 20', 65', 80'+1'
Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach
Attendance: 4,126
Referee: Spain Iñigo Atorrasagasti


Week 4[edit]

11 March 2017
15:00 CET (UTC+01)
Belgium  17-33  Romania (1 TBP)
Try: Charles Reynaert 42' c
Jean-Baptiste de Clercq 54' c
Con: Alan Williams (2/2) 43', 55'
Pen: Alan Williams 66'
Gamesheet Try: Jack Cobden (2) 9' c, 20' c
Viorel Lucaci 49' c
Alex Gordaș 71' c
Florin Vlaicu 77' m
Con: Florin Vlaicu (4/5) 10', 21', 51', 82'
King Baudouin Stadium - Annex 2, Brussels
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Italy Claudio Biessano

11 March 2017
16:15 CET (UTC+01)
Germany  15-32  Spain
Try: Jacobus Otto 54' m
Eric Marks 66' c
Con: Raynor Parkinson (1/2) 67'
Pen: Raynor Parkinson (1/2) 10'
Gamesheet Try: Bradley Linklater 4' c
Federico Casteglioni Algorriz 26' c
Jordi Jorba 36' m
Guillaume Rouet 39' c
Con: Bradley Linklater (3/4) 5', 26', 40'
Pen: Bradley Linklater (2/3) 13', 62'
Sportpark Höhenberg, Köln
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Scotland Lloyd Linton

12 March 2017
18:00 GET (UTC+04)
Georgia  28-14  Russia
Try: Giorgi Koshadze 3' c
Vasil Lobzhanidze (2) 26' c, 48' c
Davit Kacharava 65' c
Con: Merab Kvirikashvili (4/4) 3', 26', 48', 65
Gamesheet Try: Ramil Gaisin 55' c
Bogdan Fedotko 75' c
Con: Yuri Kushnarev (2/2) 56', 76'
Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: England Ian Tempest


Week 5[edit]

18 March 2017
15:45 CET (UTC+01)
(1 TBP) Spain  30-0  Belgium
Try: Iñaki Villanueva 10' c
Fabien Perrin 17' c
Ilaitia Gavidi 75' c
Con: Bradley Linklater (3/3) 11', 18', 75'
Pen: Bradley Linklater 2', 28', 78'
Gamesheet

19 March 2017
14:00 MSK (UTC+03)
(1 TBP) Russia  52-25  Germany
Try: Ramil Gaisin 3' c
Denis Simplikevich 31' m
Dmitri Gerasimov (2) 41' c, 72' c
Evgeny Elgin 57' c
Vasily Artemyev 64' c
Dmitri Krotov 67' m
Alexei Mikhaltsov 75' c
Con: Yuri Kushnarev (5/6) 4', 42', 58', 72', 76'
Ramil Gaisin (1/2) 65'
Gamesheet Try: Raynor Parkinson 11' c
Pierre Mathurin (2) 60' c, 80'+3' m
Con: Raynor Parkinson (1/1) 12'
Christopher Hilsenbeck (1/2) 61'
Pen: Raynor Parkinson (0/1)
Christopher Hilsenbeck (2/2) 47', 54'
Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: France Cedric Marchat

19 March 2017
15:00 EET (UTC+02)
Romania  8-7  Georgia (1 LBP)
Try: Cătălin Fercu 3' m
Con: Florin Vlaicu (0/1)
Pen: Florin Vlaicu (1/3) 53'
Gamesheet Try: Merab Sharikadze 40' c
Con: Merab Kvirikashvili (1/1) 40'
Pen: Merab Kvirikashvili (0/3)
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Wales Ian Davies


Relegation/Promotion Play-Off[edit]

20 May 2017
16:00 CEST (UTC+02)
Belgium  29-18  Portugal

Attendances (2017)[edit]

Top 5[edit]

Season Game Home team Visitor Attendance Sources
1 2017 4  Georgia  Russia 52,000 [1]
2 2017 1  Spain  Russia 8,000 [2]
3 2017 5  Spain  Belgium 7,800 [3]
4 2017 5  Romania  Georgia 7,500 [4]
5 2017 3  Spain  Georgia 7,000 [5]

Average home attendances[edit]

Pos Team GP Total High Low Average
1  Georgia 2 55,300 52,000 3,300 27,650
2  Spain 3 22,800 8,000 7,000 7,600
3  Romania 2 11,250 7,500 3,750 5,625
4  Germany 3 11,626 4,500 3,000 3,876
5  Belgium 3 9,500 4,000 2,500 3,167
6  Russia 2 4,500 2,500 2,000 2,250

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Games are not reversed
  2. ^ "Judicial Committee Judgement" (PDF). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ rugbybworldcup.com. "Rugby World Cup 2019". www.rugbyworldcup.com. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ Release, Press (15 May 2018). "Independent Judicial and Disputes Committee decision: Rugby World Cup 2019 European qualification tournament". World Rugby. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ Rugby Europe. Staff Manual REC 2016-17 (PDF). p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Judicial Committee judgement" (PDF). Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  7. ^ https://pulse-static-files.s3.amazonaws.com/worldrugby/document/2018/06/06/1a671241-08fe-4060-bfb9-3696cfe3cff0/180606-Appeal-Committee-Decision-RWC-2019-Qualifier-Dispute-FINAL-.pdf
  8. ^ https://www.rugbyeurope.eu/final-ranking-rec-2018
  9. ^ "World Rugby Ranking". World Rugby. Retrieved 6 February 2017.

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