World Rugby approved an amendment to the regulations governing the representation of national teams and in Scrum We review some players who could change their selection as of the change of eligibility as of January 1, 2022.
The change will give a significant boost to the nations of the islands of the peaceful, which could be bolstered by a number of players who have represented top-tier nations in the past. As which? Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, the latter, rival of The Pumas in the next RWC 2023.
This modification would allow, for example, the brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola represent Tonga, as well as Charles Piutau, Israel Folau, Vaea Fifita, George Moala, Augustine Pulu, and Sekope Kepu.
While on the side of Samoa, the names that come to mind are Julian Savea, Victor Vito, Lima Sopoaga, Francis Saili, Steven Luatua, Henry Speight, Chris Feauia-Sautia and Joe Tomane.
Along the same lines, players like Zach Mercer and Alex Lozowski, who last played for England in 2018, are now eligible for New Zealand and Italy, respectively.
Previously, the only way to change countries was to play in specific tournaments of Seven, a route that the formerAll Black Malakai Fekitoa has followed, which makes you eligible for Tonga.
“We believe this is the fairest way to implement progressive change that puts players first and at the same time has the potential to support a growing and increasingly competitive international men’s and women’s game.”said World Rugby President Sir Bill Beaumont.
Clearly, the examples are many, can you think of any more?