Romania return to the Rugby World Cup stage after missing out on Japan 2019 to bring to an end their ever-present record in the showpiece tournament. Romania had expected to contest the Final Qualification Tournament after finishing third in the Rugby Europe Championship 2021 and 2022 combined standings. However, eligibility issues for Spain – the side who finished above them – saw Romania elevated to Europe 2 and directly qualified for Rugby World Cup 2023.
The Oaks will undoubtedly look to make an impact on their Rugby World Cup return in a Pool B that features defending champions South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and the Asia/Pacific qualifier. Romania have many experienced players, including captain and back row Mihai Macovei and scrum-half Florin Surugiu who provide support to the next generation coming through.