Daniel Leo, former player of Samoa and leader of the Pacific Rugby Welfare, he raised his voice against the World Rugby due to the eligibility rules, which in his opinion harm the selected ones of the islands, something that was demonstrated in the overwhelming victory of the All blacks 102-0 before Tonga. In his social networks, the former forward published: “World Rugby, Bill Beaumont, are we ready to have that eligibility conversation? Proud national teams like Tonga deserve more than this.”
The Pacific Rugby Welfare is an independent association of players that seeks to protect the interests of the players of the islands of the oceanic continent and that for some time now they have been asking the mother house of rugby to change the current eligibility rules, which have allowed the New Zealand team more easily, in particular, to summon players born in those countries. It is these rules that complicate the assembly of competitive teams for those selected from the Pacific Islands and that slow the progress associations have made to develop players and rosters that can be measured at the highest level.
The All Blacks’ win over Tonga has other elements that helped to make such a difference, such as the number of absences due to coronavirus cases and because the clubs did not yield to their players, but without a doubt this result serves to raise the claim against the World Rugby. “A lot of people don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes,” he said. Sonatane Takulua, captain of the islanders, after the fall of his team to the New Zealanders.