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dizal there is an esay solution to this, if the pacific island players do not play for the likes of NZ then there is no problem. I am sure there are many incentives for them to play for an adopted country (money) but you would hope that national pride would help them to reserve their international career for their nation of birth.
Many people would see it as unfair that a player can play for an adopted country, then slope off back to their own country just because they are out of favour (and not getting paid) in their adopted nation.
I am all for the pacific nations getting a 'leg up' and agree that more development for them would benefit the world rugby comunity (inclusion in the tri-nations competitions etc.). this can be achieved by more funding and better systems for developing and retaining talent. But jsut asking that all the players who have qualified and played for other countries be alowed to play again for their homew nations is not the answer.
Posted 06:29 30th November 2010