World Rugby Statement: Tahiti Rugby Union

Tahiti Rugby Union

Following a formal request from the Cook Islands Rugby Union, World Rugby has investigated claims that the Tahiti Rugby Union fielded ineligible players during the Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifier against the Cook Islands in Rarotonga on 4 August 2017, a match which Tahiti won 13-9.

Independent Judicial Officer Tim Gresson (New Zealand) heard the case and, having considered all the facts, including submissions from Tahiti Rugby Union, he determined that the Tahiti Rugby Union had breached Regulation 8 by fielding two ineligible players for the match.

In his determination, the Judicial Officer decided, in light of the clear World Rugby Regulation 8 breach, that the result be overturned and directed that Cook Islands be confirmed as the winner of the match.

Cook Islands therefore progress to the next round of Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification, where they will meet the winner of the Asia Rugby Championship home and away, beginning with a match in the Cook Islands on 30 June and the return leg on 7 July.

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