A number of England internationals are now free to swap countries after The World Rugby Council approved an amendment to the sport’s regulations.
One England player has already revealed that he has the full support of the RFU to make the trailblazing move while another has been told by Eddie Jones the decision is up to the player
Below, we look at five former England stars who could swap nations with IMMEDIATE effect.
#1. Alex Lozowski (England to Italy)
- Age: 28
- Position: Fly-half, Centre, Wing, Fullback
- Current number of caps: 5
- Last cap: November, 2018
- Did you know? Lozowski is the son of Rob Lozowski and was a sporting allrounder in his teenage years, playing not only rugby for the Wasps academy but also football for the Chelsea academy
‘I feel an English bloke. At the moment that is where my loyalties lie, even if I’m not going to get picked,” said Lozowski.
“That might not make sense to some people because they might think if I’m not getting picked for England, I may as well go and play for Italy. But I’m the type of player who needs to be all in to play for a team. At this stage of my career, I’m still passionately English.
‘Eddie Jones said it’s up to me which at the end of the day it is. If I hadn’t played for England then maybe I wouldn’t feel as English as I do. Because I have, I have that attachment.’
‘I always thought when I was growing up that it was peculiar you could play for more than one country. If I’m honest about it, my grandmother was Italian, but I’ve never lived in Italy.
“Potentially that got me considered for the squad, but sometimes being on standby is worse than being completely forgotten about!’