Jay Cee Gee wrote: ↑Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:59 am
paddyor wrote: ↑Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:57 am
Oh no, the English are gonna sign a load of Brad Shields type players, the PTA has disbanded, run for your lives!
Not saying it's gonna turn them into world champs or make a major difference, but it expands the pool of eligible players for them and into a higher tier of player at that. The English national team has benefited from being able to cap players through residency and ancestry and this will be a further benefit to them.
Has anyone else here actually read the new regulation?
The residency requirement continues as an option to ancestry, and has been lengthened to 5 years as of 1 January 2022 (it is now referred to as the "60 month requirement"). So if Piutau has been in country Y for 5 years, continuously (holidays and tours excused), and at some point 3 years ago actually announced he was standing down from international rugby for 3 years (as opposed to just didn't get picked anymore), then, he can make an application
to the "World Rugby Regulations Committee" to play for England or wherever he has been living for five (5) years without producing a grand-parent's birth certificate.
No indication has been given as to the criteria to be applied, or policy imperatives, of that committee when determining an application, other than motherhood statements about the best interests of world rugby (and for that matter, World Rugby).
So, if Charlie Piutau has been resident continuously in England since 2018, in 2023 he could make an application, without reference to ancestors, to play for England. I'd suspect that would end in "Application refused".
If, on the other hand, leaving NZ in 2015 is considered to be standing down from international rugby (and arguably it was given the NZ selection policies of the time), and Charlie Piutau presents an application on 2/1/22 to change eligibility to Tonga with a chain of birth certificates annexed, that could well be "Application approved".
In summary, if WR policy is that allegiance change applications to move from a tier 1 nation to another tier 1 nation will be refused, then you can expect the committee to act accordingly. The tier one nations will not, if that is the case, benefit from the change.