"10 All Blacks" - All 'Foreign-Born' Players in the 2023 Rugby Championship - Ruck

“10 All Blacks” – All ‘Foreign-Born’ Players in the 2023 Rugby Championship

The 2023 Rugby Championship kicks off next month, and is the final international competition ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina will compete in the two-legged round-robin tournament, to identify the dominant Southern Hemisphere side ahead of the World Cup.

The opening weekend of action takes place on Saturday 8th July, as the Springboks head down under to take on the Wallabies, and Argentina jet off to New Zealand for a clash against the All Blacks. Aside from the four nations on display, the competition will also see the likes of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Scotland and the USA represented by the ‘foreign-born’ players.

Here are all of the players who were born outside of the country they will represent, ahead of the 2023 Rugby Championships. (As researched by Paul Tait of Americas Rugby News.)

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New Zealand (10)

The All Blacks squad for the 2023 Rugby Championship, features 10 players who were born outside of the land known as Aotearoa. Eight out of these 10 players moved to New Zealand early in their lives, and are products of the New Zealand rugby system.

Australia Born (Parental Eligibility)

Ethan De Groot – Loosehead Prop

Tyrel Lomax – Tighthead Prop / Former Australia U20s

Tonga Born (Residency Eligibility)

Ofa Tu’ungafasi – Loosehead Prop

Samisoni Taukei’aho – Hooker / Former Tonga U19s

Samipeni Finau – Flanker

Shannon Frizzell – Flanker / Forner Tonga U20s

Leicester Fainga’anuku – Winger

Samoa Born (Residency Eligibility)

Nepo Laulala – Tighthead Prop

Fiji Born (Residency Eligibility)

Emoni Narawa – Winger

Scotland Born (Residency)

Finlay Christie – Scrum Half