Gerry Thornley: New Test eligibility rules a boost for Pacific Island sides

The primary rationale behind the decision of the World Rugby Council to amend the regulations regarding player eligibility is to give a boost to the Pacific Islands and specifically Tonga – who are likely to be in Ireland’s World Cup pool in France in 2023 – and Samoa.

World Rugby have amended regulation 8 to allow an international player who hasn’t played Test rugby for at least three years to revert back to the country of his birth and/or heritage.


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