8 Rugby Players You Won’t Believe Represented other countries

5. Brad Barritt – South Africa/England

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Despite playing for the emerging Springboks, South African-born Brad Barritt went onto represent England after moving to Saracens.


6. Luke McLean – Australia/Italy

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McLean was eligible for both Australia, being his country of birth, and Italy, due to his Italian grandmother. He represented the Australia under-19 side, helping the side to win the World under-19 championships.

However, he made his international debut for Italy against 2007 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa on 21 June 2008 in Cape Town and has since won 89 caps for the Azzurri.


8. James Joseph – New Zealand/Japan

The now Japan head coach made his debut for the All Blacks in 1992 and won 20 caps up until 1995. The powerful flanker then moved to Japan, where after becoming a citizen, he was selected to represent them at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

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