Referee: Kalaxilos (Greece)
These European neighbours have always had an uneasy political relationship ever since Bulgaria pulled away from the Ottoman Empire back in the 1880’s.
These two teams have met once before. Last November Bulgaria won 26-19 in Sofia. This match is being played as a second leg fixture, rather than it being played next year.
In this competition the relegated team from ENC 2C, Bulgaria, meets the promoted team from ENC 3, Turkey. Turkey has been finding the rise to this level a tough one
Bulgaria has had a horror trot of international test rugby results since they were promoted to ENC 2C in 2012. There were relegated last year.
Turkey Last Five P 5, W3, L 2
01.11.2014 v Bulgaria L 19-26 in Sofia (REC 2D)
25.10.2014 v Bosnia Herzegovina L 25-34 in Edrine (REC 2D)
23.11.2013 v Slovakia W 55-3 in Bratislava (ENC 3)
20.11.2013 v Azerbaijan W 31-3 in Bratislava (ENC 3)
17.11.2012 v Azerbaijan W 53-3 in Kemer (ENC 3)
Bulgaria Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4
01.11.2014 v Turkey W 26-19 in Sofia (ENC 2D)
04.10.2014 v Bosnia Herzegovina L 12-59 in Zenica (ENC 2D)
26.04.2014 v Cyprus L 15-46 in Sofia (ENC 2C)
12.04.2014 v Slovenia L 17-43 in Ljubliana (ENC 2C)
19.10.2013 v Austria L 14-58 in Vienna (ENC 2C)
GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table: Bulgaria 35th, Turkey 39th
World Rugby Ranking Points do not apply as Turkey is not a full member of World Rugby.
Prediction: Bulgaria by 7 points. Score 19-12