English lads ahead of ‘project players’
MIKE Brown and James Haskell will now never play for the Lions because of Irish ‘project players’ who may only live in Ireland while under contract with the IRFU.
World Rugby have a responsibility for improving competitiveness of all rugby nations and it must be fair to players who find difficulties in representing their country of birth.
This week World Rugby announced changes to the rules of international qualificaion – etending residency from three to five years – but starting from 2020 to be fair to those in the throes of qualifying.
I would argue that a British and Irish Lion is an elite player and qualification for such a huge honour cannot be a mere project.
Going forward what is to stop academy players being poached from countries suffering economically, including South Africa? NIGEL SENNETT Chinnor