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Study Reveals Premiership Club Has Highest % of Players from Overseas in Europe’s Top Leagues

WHICH clubs in the Premiership, Top 14 and Guinness PRO14 rely on foreign players the most?

For the purposes of this study, the definition of foreign players means “those who grew up in a different Unions from that of their club and who went abroad for football-related reasons”.

Here are the countries average % of foreign players per club.

  • England – 41%
  • France – 43%
  • Ireland – 16%
  • Italy – 20%
  • Scotland – 20%
  • Wales – 18%

Rather surprisingly, it is a Premiership club rather than a Top 14 club nevertheless that relies on foreign stars the most – with 62% of their current squad currently coming from abroad.

Now here is the club-by-club breakdown of their percentage of foreign players, listed from the least to most:


38. Leinster – 9%
36=. Scarlets – 15%
36=. Ulster – 15%
35. Munster – 16%
33=. Treviso – 17%
33=. Dragons – 17%
32=. Edinburgh – 20%
30=. Cardiff Blues – 20%
30=. Ospreys – 20%
29. Glasgow Warriors – 21%
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