Romania has been confirmed as the 20th and final team to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) after defeating Uruguay in the second leg of the final qualifying round in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
Romania won 39-12 in a winner take all final match at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf.
This followed the exciting drawn first leg encounter in Montevideo on November 13 when the home team came from behind to snatch a draw.
Romania has now qualified for all seven Tournaments.
As Play-off Winner they will compete in Pool B against England, Argentina, Scotland and Georgia.
“We are thrilled for Romania,” said Martin Snedden, CEO for Tournament Organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011.
“It’s been a long hard road for both teams, with their qualification journey having started in 2008, but sadly there can only be one winner.”
Confirmation of the Play-off Winner brings to an end the qualification rounds for RWC 2011 which involved 184 matches and 80 nations across five continents.
Romania (“the Oaks”) has recorded one victory at a previous Rugby World Cup, edging out Fiji 17-15 in 1991 and has long been a strong competitor outside the Six Nations.
“I am sure Romania will be a tough opponent being an experienced campaigner at this level.”
The team will travel to five centres in New Zealand, visiting Ashburton and Queenstown and playing matches in Invercargill, Dunedin and Palmerston North.
“It’s great that these communities finally know who they will be hosting as I know they have been working hard on their plans. I am sure they will really swing behind the players and their supporters and give them the warmest of welcomes come September next year.”