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World Rugby approves major rule change allowing players to change international squads

orld Rugby has approved a major regulatory change that will allow players to switch international allegiances in the future.

The governing body of the rugby federation confirmed on Wednesday that from January 1, 2022, players will be allowed to switch from one federation to another “subject to demonstrating a close and credible link via birthright” .

To be eligible for such a transfer, the player in question must either be born in the country to which he wishes to be transferred or have a parent or grandparent born in that country.

They must also withdraw from international rugby for a period of 36 months in advance and are only allowed to change teams once.

“The approval of this historic regulatory change is the culmination of detailed and widespread modeling and consultation across the game,” said Sir Bill Beaumont, President of World Rugby.

“We have listened to our members and players and sought to update the regulations recognizing the environment of modern professional rugby without compromising the integrity of the international game.

“Any player who wishes to transfer must have a close and credible link with his new union, namely the birthright or the birthright of parents or grandparents while meeting strong criteria, including a period of suspension of 36 months.

“We believe this is the fairest way to implement a gradual change that puts players first while also having the potential to support growing and increasingly competitive international men’s and women’s football. . “


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