This could lead to more players swapping nations with a number of players already declaring an interest.
“You could also work out a criteria to boost the Pacific Islands. Charles Piutau could return to play for Tonga after a four-year stand-down,” said Beaumont.
“Semesa Rokoduguni, the Tuilagi’s, the Vunipolas who could all qualify for the likes of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga. When they’re coming to the end of their years they might fancy one last hoorah with those countries.”
Here are five players who’ve declared a significant interest in swapping nations.
5 players who want to swap nations for 2023 World Cup
1. Taqele Naiyaravoro (Australia to FIji)
In an interview with the Daily Mail’s Nik Simon, the Northampton Saints winger international winger said he would ‘100 perc cent’ play for Fiji.
I’m 28 and I’ve still got the best years ahead of me, so the opportunity to play for Fiji would be a dream come true,’ he told Sportsmail.
‘I have no regrets about playing for Australia. I was pretty young at the time when the opportunity came along and I went for it.
‘But Fiji has always been in my heart. It’s where I was born. When I left Fiji for Australia, my dream was to play for Fiji. I would 100 per cent commit to Fiji if that opportunity came along.’