Georgia have qualified for the 2023 World Cup as a result of World Rugby's decision to suspend Russia and Belarus from all cross-border competition.

A tournament board meeting confirmed that Georgia, The Netherlands and Portugal must be given four points as winners of their outstanding games against Russia.

The Lelos are now assured of a top-two finish in the qualification standings and are set to join Wales, Australia and Fiji in Pool C of the tournament hosted by France.

The Portuguese, along with Spain and Romania, are still battling for the one remaining automatic qualification place available from Europe. Whoever takes it will be in Pool B alongside Ireland, Scotland and South Africa.

The team that finishes third in European qualification will also have the chance to book their place in France via the final play-off tournament.