Four test players who could switch to England under new rules - Ruck

Four test players who could switch to England under new rules

World Rugby has relaxed its eligibility rules to allow national team players to switch countries as of January.

The birthright amendment was approved by the World Rugby Council and stands to benefit Pacific island countries in particular.

Players who have already represented one country in the Test arena will be able to do so for another under certain criteria.

If they have not been selected for their first international team for three years, they can switch allegiance to a different country if they, a parent or a grandparent were born there.

Inspired by Wales Online’s article on who could play for Wales under the new rules, we look at who could swap to England.

We have had a look at some of those who would possibly demand a place in Eddie jones squad.

#1. Hoskins Sotutu (New Zealand to England)

According to the Daily Telegraph in 2020, his eligibility prompted coach Eddie Jones to start investigating whether he could be convinced to represent England. Born and raised in New Zealand, he also qualifies for Fiji though his father and England though his mother.

Blues flanker Sotutu, 23, has won 10 caps for the All Blacks, the last of those coming against Italy in November.

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