China promoted to SVNS Series

After the first qualifier tournament in Madrid, China will be the only new team in the SVNS next season. South Africa lost their place in the series.

Published by World Rugby, June 2nd, 2024

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China promoted to SVNS Series

China will replace South Africa on the SVNS Series next season as the newcomers defeated Belgium 33-0 in their qualifier final, while South Africa fell to a 22-0 defeat at the hands of Spain.

After going unbeaten all weekend in Madrid - and throughout the Challenger Series - China secured their place on the SVNS series next season in emphatic style, their 33-0 defeat of Belgium taking them to the HBCS SVNS stage.

South Africa lost their core nation status as they lost 22-0 in a SVNS shootout with Spain. The home side took a 10-0 lead into the break and held South Africa to scoreless for the full game as they added two more scores in the second half.

Japan, facing up against Uruguay, were able to maintain their spot on the series with a 26-12 win, as did Brazil with a confident 38-7 defeat of Poland.


Pool A: Spain 7-12 China; Japan 32-0 Poland; Spain 45-0 Poland; Japan 14-17 China; China 40-0 Poland; Japan 26-14 Spain

Pool B: South Africa 24-7 Argentina; Brazil 45-5 Belgium; South Africa 40-7 Belgium; Brazil 31-12 Argentina; Argentina 19-14 Belgium; Brazil 24-0 South Africa

Play-offs: China 33-0 Belgium; Spain 22-0 South Africa; Japan 26-12 Argentina; Poland 7-38 Brazil