2018 Six Nations sees a quarter of players swapping countries

2018 Six Nations sees a quarter of players swapping countries

SCOTLAND (19/40) 
Unsurprisingly it’s the Scots who have the most players in the group.  The number of foreign-born players has slightly risen from 18 a year ago to 19 today. It could have been three more had WP Nel, Tim Visser and Tim Swinson had not been ruled out with injury.
1. Ben Toolis – lock – born in Australia – Parent
2. Rob Harley – flanker – born in England – Parent
3. Hamish Watson – flanker – born in England – Grandparent
4. Ryan Wilson – number 8 – born in England – Grandparent
5. Nathan Fowles – scrum-half – born in England – Grandparent
6. Ali Price – scrum-half – born in England – Parent
7. Henry Pygros – Scrum-half – born in England – Parent
8. Ruaridh Jackson – fly-half – born in England – Parent
9. Chris Harris – centre – born in England – Grandparent
10. Duncan Taylor – centre- Born in England – Parents
11. John Barclay – flanker – born in Hong Kong – Parent
12. Byron McGuigan – winger – born in Namibia – Parent
13. Simon Berghan – prop – born in New Zealand – Grandparent
14. Nick Grigg – centre – born in New Zealand – Grandparent
15. Sean Maitland  – winger– born in New Zealand – Grandparent
16. Cornell du Preez – number 8 – born in South Africa – Residency (2016)
17. Tommy Seymour – winger – born in the USA – Parent
18. Luke Hamilton – flanker – born in Wales – Parent
19. David Denton – Number Eight – born in Zimbabwe – Parent

WALES (9/39) 
The Welsh roster for the 2016 Six Nations tournament included 13 foreign-born players but reduced to 10 the following year.  The number for this year is down to nine. Most of the foreign-born players in the squad grew up in Wales with a few exceptions e.g. Hadleigh Parkes. Meanwhile, Ross Moriarty played for England u20’s before being called up to follow in his father’s footsteps to play for Wales.
1. Aaron Shingler – born in England – Residency
2. Tomas Francis – born in England – Grandparent
3. George North – born in England – Parent
4. Alex Cuthbert – born in England – Parent
5. Hallam Amos – born in England – Residency
6. Ross Moriarty – born in England – Parent
7. Hadleigh Parkes – born in New Zealand – Residency (2017)
8. Gareth Anscombe – born in New Zealand – Parent
9. Taulupe Faletau – born in Tonga – Residency (2001)
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