World Rugby has decided that the South African player Gavin Van del Berg was not eligible to play for the Spanish team, which is why it has sanctioned the latter by deducting five points for each of the matches in which he was lined up, which means his disqualification for the 2023 World Cup in France.
The Spanish Rugby Federation (FER) communicated the decision of World Rugby, after the oral hearing held this Thursday with the independent judicial committee appointed by World Rugby to study the claim of the Romanian Rugby Federation (FRR) on the eligibility of Gavin Van den Berg.
In addition to the subtraction of points, the highest body in world rugby has also decided to sanction Spain with 25,000 pounds.
“While waiting for World Rugby to make the sentence official, this decision means the disqualification from the 2023 World Cup in France, a competition for which the XV del León had qualified directly by finishing second in the Rugby Europe Championship 2021-2022,” he said. the FER.
This also pointed out that as “this very harsh sanction occurs as a result of an alleged falsification of the aforementioned player’s passport, the Spanish Rugby Federation (FER) continues with the extraordinary disciplinary procedure initiated at the time and will shortly call a press conference to offer all the explanations that are required of us.