World Rugby have announced there will be a formal review to investigate a possible breach of player eligibility rules by Spain.
The matter concerns the European Rugby Championship, which doubled as a qualifier for next year’s World Cup in France.
A governing body statement on Monday said: “World Rugby will convene an independent Legal Committee to investigate a possible breach of World Rugby Regulation 8 (eligibility for national representation teams) by Spanish Rugby Union during the Rugby Europe Championship 2021 2022, which doubled as the European qualifying process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
“World Rugby has been alerted to a possible breach by a member of the Spain men’s national team. Having completed the initial investigations, the international federation believes that a formal independent review is warranted under World Rugby Regulations. Spanish rugby union has been fully cooperative during the initial requests.
“The chairman of World Rugby’s independent legal committee, Christopher Quinlan QC, has been asked to form the legal committee in order to obtain certainty as soon as possible given the potential impact on Rugby World Cup 2023. Quinlan has appointed Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Pamela Woodman and Frank Hadden to the Committee.
“As the trial is now live, World Rugby will have no further comment until it is complete.”
Spain, who have played in just one World Cup in 1999, will play in Group B at next year’s tournament along with Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and an Asia/Pacific qualifier.
Their opening game will take place in Bordeaux on September 9 against Ireland.
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