Saturday, February 8, 2014



Venue: Campo Central de la Ciudad Universitaria de Madrid

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)

One of the test matches featured this weekend is the ENC 1A clash between Spain and Belgium. This outcome will virtually decide who is relegated from Division 1A and who will also be eliminated from Rugby World Cup finals contention. Spain has the home advantage but Belgium has brought back its star players for this clash. These two teams drew last year but I’m going for the visitors to win and keep the competition interesting.

Last Five Encounters
09.02.2013 Drawn 21-21 in Brussels (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
26.08.2006 Belgium 18-6 in Liege (4 Nations Tournament, Final)
08.12.1996 Spain 77-0 in Madrid (FIRA Classification; Pool A)
13.05.1993 Spain 67-3 in Lisbon (World Cup Qualifying)
05.11.1989 Spain 58-9 in Madrid (World Cup Qualifying)

Spain Last Five P 5, W 1, D 1, L 3
01.02.2014 v Russia L 25-28 in Madrid (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
23.11.2013 v Japan L 7-40 in Madrid
16.11.2013 v Uruguay L15-16 in Montevideo
09.11.2013 v Chile W 26-3 in Santiago
16.03.2013 v Portugal D 9-9 in Madrid (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)

Belgium Last Five
01.02.2014 v Georgia L 0-35 in Tiblisi (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
21.12.2013 v Hong Kong L 15-18 in Hong Kong
17.12.2013 v Hong Kong L 17-28 in Hong Kong
02.11.2013 v Tunisia W 26-10 in Tabize
16.03.2013 v Russia L 32-43 in Soissons (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Spain 22nd, Belgium 24th
Europe Table: Spain 17th, Belgium 18th

IRB Ranking Points
Spain 59.37, Belgium 55.72

Prediction: Belgium by 5 points




15   Alan Williams  Montluçon, France
14   Jens Torfs USA  Perpignan, France
13   Guillaume Piron  US Colomiers, France
12   Guillaume Brébant  Boitsfort RC
11   Sylvain Roos SU Agen, France
10   Sebastian Guns Boitsfort RC
9   Julien Berger La Rochelle, France
8   Thomas de Molder Pau, France
7   Julien Morelli Bastia, France
6   Andrew Neill Tournefeuille, France
5   Mathieu Verschelden La Voulte-Valence, France
4   Pierre Hendrickx Boitsfort RC
3   Alain Miriallakis  NSW Waratahs, Australia
2   Thomas Dienst Lille Metropole Rugby, France
1   Julien Massimi RC Auxerre, France 

Bench from…
Hendrik Brouwers, Christopher Brown, Alexis Cuffolo, Mika De Molder, Florent Debatty, Dirk Haghedooren, Maxime Jadot, Cyril Nana,  Anthony Scozzari and Marc Tchangue.


15   Brice Labadie Périgueux, France
14   Marcos Poggi CA Lormont, France
13   César Sempere  CR El Salvador
12   Jaime Nava  US Bressane Paus I'Ain, France
11   Pierre Belzunce Colomiers Rugby, France 
10   Daniel Snee Getxo RT
9   Pablo Feijóo (Capt.)  Bera Bera RT
8   Federico Negrillo RC Vanes, France
7   Matthew Cook  Tunbridge Wells RFC, England
6   Gautier Gibouin Union Bordeaux-Begles, France
5   Jesús Recuerda Pays D'Aix RC
4   Aníbal Bonan Stade Bagnerais, France
3   Jesús Moreno Montluçon Rugby, France
2   Anthony Pradalie  FC Villefranche de Lauragais, Fr
1   Franck Labbe  CA Lormont, France
16   Ion Insausti  Hernani CRE
17   Juan Anaya  UA Libourne Rugby, France
18   David Barrera  RAC Angerein, France
19   Alvaro Núñez CR El Salvador
20   Guillaume Rouet Aviron Bayonnais, France
21   Javier Canosa  CRC Madrid
22   Ignacio Gutiérrez Müller VRAC Vallodolid
23   Augustin Ortiz  US Nafarroa, France
    HEAD COACH: Santiago Santos

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