Edinburgh mainstay Pierre Schoeman will be able to represent Scotland next year, instead of 2023, after World Rugby to extend the three-year residency period.
Three years ago, World Rugby had voted to modify the residence time to play in another country. The current one is 36 months and the initiative was to extend it to 60. This rule was going to begin to take effect at the beginning of 2021, however from WR they decided that it will be as of December 31, 2021.
The 26-year-old Schoeman, born in South Africa, will be one of those who will benefit from the extension of the rule until December 2021. The forward, who joined Edinburgh from the Bulls in 2018, will now be available for Scotland in mid-September. next year.
The European teams have already made use of the residence rule with players such as Nathan Hughes (Fiji) in England, Hadleigh Parkes (New Zealand) in Wales, WP Nel (South Africa) in Scotland and CJ Stander (South Africa) in Ireland, among whom they have completed the required three years.
Meanwhile, Leinster wing James Lowe is now eligible for Ireland as well after arriving from his native New Zealand in 2017.