njs wrote:The current England team has 9 foreign born players. That doesn't bother me in the slightest because in this day and age there's so much migration that it's a fact of life. Unless it's out and out poaching by national bodies which I don't think there is a lot of in rugby. Eligibility rules are quite strict.
We went up to watch Sweden play Germany in Hamburg not so long ago and I thought that the eligibility rules were as they always were in rugby when I saw the Swedish teamsheet. I don't know how many of these guys "grew up" in Sweden but they don't sound very Swedish to me and the fact that many of them play for Stockholm Exiles or in the British Isles is suggestive too.
Ian Gowland (c)
They got stomped on by the Germans anyway, so maybe it doesn't matter too much.