8 Rugby Players You Won't Believe Represented other countries - Ruck

8 Rugby Players You Won’t Believe Represented other countries

The practice of professional rugby players changing their nationality (in most cases from their nation of birth) to play international football has been in action for many decades now.

This list includes eight interesting cases of players who have represented more than one country.

1. Martin Johnson – England/New Zealand

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As a player, he famously led England to glory at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and also captained the British & Irish Lions in 1997 and 2001 – the only player to have ever led the elite tourists on two occasions.

However, what you might not know is that All Blacks legend Colin Meads invited the raw but promising teenager to New Zealand to play for the King Country province in 1989 and Johnson, who took up the offer, would go on to be capped by New Zealand U21s.