RUGBY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 - Competition's Rules
Ahead of first round of Rugby Europe Championship 2018, some reminders to understand format and rules of the competition
The Rugby Europe Championship is a competition spanning one season from February 10th to March18th 2018. It includes 6 teams (Romania, Georgia, Spain, Russia, Germany and Belgium) playing against each other once (2/3 home, 2/3 away matches). The 2018 competition's schedule is based on last period ranking (2014/2016) and "return" order compared to 2017 season (ie: 2017: Belgium/Georgia ; 2018:Georgia/Belgium)
At the completion of the Competition, the Winners of Championship Division will be declared 2018 European Champion.
The team ranked at the last position will play a play-off against the winner of Rugby Europe Trophy 2017/2018, played in the country of REC team on Saturday May 19th 2018. The winner of this last game will be promoted to Rugby Europe Championship 2019.
The Competition Fixture List can be found at http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/competitions/2018-rugby-europe-international-c...
- Round 1 : Februrary 10th / 11th
- Round 2 : February 17th / 18th
- Round 3 : March 3rd / 4th
- Round 4 : March 10th / 11th
- Round 5 : March 18th
Match Points and Determination of Standings
1. Match points in each game
- Win: 4 points
- Draw: 2 points
- Loss: 0 point
- Bonus: 1 point
- Grand Slam: 1 point (added at the end of the competition to the team winning all its games).
- A bonus point will be awarded for scoring 3 tries more than the opposition OR for a loss by 7 points or less
2. Equal number of points at the end of Competition:
If two or more teams have same number of points the best ranked will be:
- The Union having more number of match points in the games played between the tied Unions
- The Union having best difference between points for and points against in the games played between the tied teams
- The Union having scored more tries in the games played between the tied Unions
- The Union having scored more points in the games played between the tied Unions.
- The Union having best difference between points for and points against in all pool games.
- The Union having scored more tries in all pool games
- The Union having scored more points in all pool games
Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifier :
The Rugby Europe Championship 2018 is a part of quafication process for Word Cup 2019, defined by World Rugby: http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/competitions/rwc2019-europe-qualifier/rwc2019-...
Thanks to its results in World Cup 2015, Georgia is already qualified for Japan.
The Winner of Rugby Europe Championship (from 2016-2018 ranking out of Georgia) will be directly qualified for the tournament in Pool A.
The second team of Rugby Europe Championship (out of Georgia) will play a play-off (Q4) against Portugal (winner of Q3 play-off). The winner of Q4 game will play "Europe/Oceania play-off qualifier"
Have a look at the standings : http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/competitions/rwc2019-europe-qualifier