Georgia have qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France as a result of Russia being banned from international competition due to its invasion of Ukraine, global governing body World Rugby said on Thursday.
Russia and Belarus have been suspended from all international rugby union by World Rugby in response to the invasion of Ukraine, leaving the Russians unable to complete the Rugby Europe Championship.
Georgia, the Netherlands and Portugal were granted four focuses each.
That numerically qualified Georgia, which drove the title unbeaten with two games close by.
Just the best two groups naturally fit the bill for the World Cup, and third-set Portugal was 10 focuses behind Georgia with one game left.
Portugal, Spain, and Romania stay in dispute for the subsequent billet. The third-place group will progress to the repechage competition in November.
Georgia needs to stand by to see if it has equipped for the World Cup in France one year from now as Europe 1, which would place it in a pool with Australia, Wales and Fiji, or Europe 2 with reigning champ South Africa and Ireland.
Georgia has equipped for each Rugby World Cup beginning around 2003 yet still can't seem to escape the pool stage.