Rugby World Cup 2011
Lithuania and Ukraine set for RWC qualifier
May 7, 2010
The William Webb Ellis Trophy pictured prior to the IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool Allocation Draw at Tower Bridge in London, England on December 1, 2008.
The race for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand continues this weekend © Getty Images

The race for Rugby World Cup 2011 continues this weekend with Lithuania and Ukraine set to go head-to-head in the latest European qualifier.

European Nations Cup Division 3A champions Lithuania, who notched a world record 18th consecutive Test victory a fortnight ago with a 77-5 mauling of Serbia, tackle their Division 2A counterparts at the Savivaldbye Stadium in Siauliai.

The winners of the eagerly-awaited clash will meet Romania, who finished third in Division 1, in a two-legged clash to determine Europe's representative in the cross-continental play-off to determine the 20th and final qualifier for next year's showpiece event in New Zealand.

Lithuania have already beaten Israel and the Netherlands to earn the meeting with Ukraine, a side ranked six places above them at 30th in the IRB World Rankings but who go into the play-off on the back of away losses to Moldova and the Czech Republic last month.

The Rugby World Cup 2011 qualifying process could also become a little clearer on the other side of the world with the third round of matches in the Asian 5 Nations taking place in Tokyo and Hong Kong this weekend. The winner of Asia's premier competition will qualify directly for the tournament and join Pool A alongside New Zealand, France, Canada and Tonga.

The runners-up with then tackle Uruguay with the winner of this encounter facing the either Romania, Lithuania or Ukraine or African side Tunisia for the right to enter Pool B along with Argentina, England, Scotland and Georgia.


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