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Re: Weirdest article I've read in a while (Mostly C Piatau)...
Posted by: Rich.
Date: 04/12/2017 20:38
I believe almost all the 'Pacific Island' players who now can't play for Fiji, Tonga or Samoa because they have played for the All Blacks (like Charles Piutau and Steven Luatua) were born in NZ - so it's not to do with school scholarships as far as NZ goes. Not sure about the Aussie Fijians though. They don't plunder the Pacific Nations but just benefit from the kids of parents who moved to NZ from the islands for jobs.

In the short term allowing ex 1st tier nation players to, later in their careers, play for the country of their parents etc would make those countries stronger but this article is asking at what price (cost to others who could have played and the Sport's integrity) and there must be better ways to help make those countries as competitive as they should be. One way would be ensuring that those who play for the Island nations get paid well to do so, so that it gives them more incentive to turn the AB chance down.

Of course the Islands also benefit from playes like Nanai-Williams who were born in NZ and benefited from the great rugby and coaching they get there from an early age.

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