Romania have historically been the number two side in Europe's second division. The Oaks have been to every World Cup with the exception of the last tournament when they were expelled ahead of the tournament due to fielding an ineligible player during the qualification competition. Romania managed to secure automatic qualification this time round due to another cycle of administrative errors in Europe's second tier after Spain fielded an ineligible player twice from the bench. This meant the Eastern European side was back!
There are concerns that Romania are on a downward slide. There are new challengers emerging in Europe's second tier, most notably Spain and Portugal. Romania used to be able to compete with Georgia, however the Georgians are just too dominant now. The two nations have taken very different trajectories and a recent loss of 56-6 hammered home the point. Matters haven't been helped with the recent departure of Head Coach, Andy Robinson. Eugen Apjok has stepped in last minute for the World Cup and he has brought in assistance from former Scotland and Fiji Head Coach, Vern Cotter.
Romania find themselves in one of the toughest pools with South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Tonga. Tonga is the easiest of those sides to challenge however you would still expect the match to resemble a cricket score. Don't expect much from Romania, keeping it respectable is all we can ask for.