RUGBY. Do the Irish have more players abroad than others?

While many New Zealand observers note and complain about the presence of many foreign-born players in the Ireland group (11), the case of the Greens is in the average of other nations in the world’s top 10 . In the era of globalization and international exchanges, few teams have become that do not use the naturalization rule of World Rugby. Truth be told, there are only two among the top nations. The Pumas and Springboks are the only ones with only players born in Argentina or South Africa. Georgia, too, in the second world division, is one of the rare exceptions. These countries even see more and more of their compatriots choosing another selection. We obviously think of Paul Willemse in the France team, CJ Stander recently with Ireland, and Sergio Parisse who made Italy happy for more than ten years.

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The presence of James Lowe, Bundee Aki and Jamison Gibson-Park, turned the spotlight on the Irish team who have resorted to a lot of naturalization to expand their squad and become competitive. The presence of three Kiwis in the Irish team makes All Blacks supporters cringe. However, the latter also have 11 players born outside the country. And not least. Wingers Sevu Reece (Fiji), Leicester Fainga’anuku (Tonga), Roger Tuisava Sheck (Samoa) or even Finlay Christie (Scotland), notable players from Ian Foster’s selection, competent in the New Zealand ranks. This is obviously not new.

Australia, England, Scotland, Wales also have players born outside the countries in question. The best known being Taniela Tupou (Tonga), Quade Cooper (New Zealand), Billy Vunipola (Australia), Hamish Watson (England), Duhan Van der Merwe (South Africa), George North (England), Gareth Anscombe (New Zealand) etc.

Most of the players in question are related to the country they would like to represent. Others have completed three years of successive residences to have the right to wear the jersey of their host country. An obviously important concession that is not at all trivial.

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