The soaring number of foreign-born players in the 2021 Six Nations is a ‘joke’, ‘dangerous’ and making the competition a ‘second tier’ of international competition, according to greats of the game.
Extensive analysis by RUCK shows almost 25 per cent of the players picked this year were born outside the country they will represent in the Championship.
This includes 11 South Africans and seven New Zealanders.
Although England have massively reduced there numbers from eight players to two, other nations have seen their number continue to climb.
Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales all see their numbers to grow in comparison to 2020 with France’s number staying the same.
6. England – 1 player
- Billy Vunipola (Sydney, Australia)