World Rugby to review residency rule

Date published: August 18 2015

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World Rugby boss Brett Gosper has confirmed the governing body will review the current three-year residency rule for international eligibility.

Complaints over the rule have been persistent in recent years with calls for the length of the regulation to be reviewed.

Gosper stated that the integrity of the international game "is important" while adding that there was no 100 percent guarantee that changes would be made.

Players to have recently played or qualified to play Test rugby after playing for three years in a different country to their place of birth include Jared Payne, Scott Spedding, Rory Kockott, Josh Strauss, WP Nel, Henry Speight, Uini Atonio, Bernard Le Roux, Noa Nakaitaci, Samuela Vunisa, Kelly Haimona and Tim Visser.

"We are doing a consultation with the unions to determine what their view is," Gosper told the BBC.

"What we are going to do is look at it. Certainly Bernard Lapasset feels it is something that needs to be looked at and I think I share his view.

"The integrity of the international game is important, there is a lot of player movement internationally, and we just need to take stock. Is this the right rule now? We will come to an answer on that.

"I don't want to speculate on an outcome, but I think it's good we are looking at it.

"Things have moved on since the last time we have looked at it, and there just maybe a different decision on it than there was last time."

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