World Rugby’s new eligibility rules are set to change the game

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World Rugby’s new eligibility rules are set to change the game

The amendment is a decisive step towards tapping into a talent pool that would have otherwise remained dormant

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World Rugby’s decision to revise eligibility rules that will allow players to transfer their international allegiance may help broaden the sport’s global appeal.

World Rugby will from January 1 2022 permit an international player to transfer once from one union to another if they demonstrate “a close and credible link” to that country via birthright.

Under World Rugby’s regulation 8, the player has to stand down from international rugby for 36 months and must either be born in the country to which they wish to transfer or have a parent or grandparent born in that country. Each case is subject to approval by the World Rugby regulations committee to preserve integrity...

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