On the sixth occasion that Romania hosted the IRB Nations Cup, the home side finally got to lift the trophy in 2012.
South African Kings win the IRB Nations Cup in their debut year, as three teams used the tournament to fine tune for RWC 2011.
Shocks were very much in evidence at the IRB Nations Cup with Namibia claiming the title from hosts Romania.
For all six competing countries, but especially Romania and European rivals Russia, the IRB Nations Cup hinted at exciting times to come.
Russia and Uruguay joined the IRB Nations Cup, but it was Emerging South Africa who kept their hands on the coveted silverware in 2008.