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Re: A battle for Polynesian talent on the Anglo-Welsh border
Posted by: TringSaint
Date: 07/02/2018 10:57
i have no issue with having foreign players in the national squad via long term residency, etc, but this is all getting a bit sill now.

Both France and england have huge pools of players to select from (wales, scotland and ireland less so, but still more than NZ!), yet they strive to build around those that they can grab from elsewhere - what does it say for the non-Polynesian players out there in academies when they see some lad coming into the side on a scholarship and financial backing just because of their heritage - that sounds like they are developing / selecting on ethnicity which is totally out of order imho.

there are really good young rugby players from all over the world who given the right coaching can become world class, so maybe we need to start looking for those traits in our academies, irrespective of the player's heritage, rather than pinning our hopes on someone becoming stellar just because of where they come from.

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