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March 21, 2023

Rugby: Romania wins IRB-Nations Cup for first time

Romania’s national rugby team won the IRB-Nations Cup, one of the most powerful world rugby tournaments for emerging teams, by defeating Italy’s secondary team on Sunday evening, score 17-13 (10-3), the Romanian Rugby Federation’s (FRR) website informs.Romania’s points were scored by Manole (2 tries, 1 penalty kick and 1 conversion) and Calafeteanu (1 conversion). Romania registered three convincing wins in three games: 29-9 against Uruguay, 23-21 against Argentina Jaguars and 17-13 against Italy. Thus, Romania registered one of its most prestigious results in this edition of the IRB-Nations Cup, a tournament that Romania hosted for the 6th time. Paolo Buso put Italy ahead in the third minute, through a penalty kick. Romania’s Dorin Manole responded through a penalty kick three minutes later. The same Manole scored the game’s first try, score 10-3 at half time. Paolo Buso scored after the break through a penalty kick. Romania was awarded a try following repeated obstructions from the Italians, Calafeteanu’s ensuing conversion making the score 17-6 for Romania. Italy’s Alberto Chiesa scored a try but Alberto Chillion’s ensuing conversion was not enough for a win. Here are the results of the other games that took place on the last day of the competition: Argentina Jaguars 33 – Russia 9 (9-9 at half time), Uruguay 35 – Portugal 7 (18-0 at half time). Here are the final standings: 1. Romania (12 pts); 2. Argentina Jaguars (10 pts); 3. Italy (10 pts); 4. Uruguay (6 pts); 5. Russia (4 pts); 6. Portugal (1 pt).

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