I'm not saying your union is doing anything wrong BUT young people playing rugby in Ireland know that your union is actively going to other countries on an ongoing basis looking for the finished article to place in their teams (which you guys delight in telling us are just an extension of your union).Duff Paddy wrote: ↑Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:35 amWhat f**king difference does it make? The end result was the same. Our union just has to be more proactive to compete as we have a much smaller pool of players to choose from. No country exists in isolation. Christ your post was just so naive.Anonymous 1 wrote: ↑Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:56 amNot one of those three came to England to play rugby for England. Two of them didn't even come to England to play rugby union and were here for over 5 years before they started playing the game.
England will select anyone who is playing in the premiership and is qualified and good enough. I've never had a problem with that and never will. What I don't want is the RFU doing what the IRFU are doing and actively seeking players abroad to qualify them to play for England.
Our union is not doing that. However our clubs independently look around the world for players. The clubs do not want to lose those players to the England national team they just want them for themselves. With the 3 year residency rule a few were likely to become eligible to play for England. Now it's 5 years it will be even fewer. However it's still only right and proper that the RFU only consider qualified players who are signed up with a premiership club for selection. Call it naive if you want but I think we've got the balance right.
As for Ireland having to have EIGHT of their matchday 23 imported for the purpose of playing international rugby that is nonsense. You would be competitive with zero