Spain, which qualified for the Rugby World Cup after beating Portugal 33-28 in Madrid, will finish second in the combined European Rugby Championship for 2021 and 2022, regardless of the outcome of the final against Spain.
Leonis was able to maintain his poor start against the team of Santiago Santos, who had suffered three defeats. World Cup for the first time in 24 years.
A hard-fought victory over Portugal came from two attempts from John Jabala, Fred Guerrero and Marco Pinto.
Spain’s efforts in Europe over the past two years were displayed in Pool B with the defending world champions. South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and the Asia/Pacific qualifying round 1 are yet to be determined.
“It was a long journey and a very difficult qualifying process,” said Spain head coach Santos.
“We lost our first three games and since then we’ve won six in a row.
“The team’s performance is fantastic and we are very excited to go into the Rugby World Cup. ,
Spain are unlikely to reach the Webb Ellis Cup, let alone outside the group stage, but reaching the tournament is also a testament to how far this team has come.
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