Sunday 17 November 2019

World Rugby to examine three-year residency rule

Brett Gosper
Brett Gosper

World Rugby has confirmed that they will review the controversial residency rule.

The current three-year residency rule for international eligibility has divided rugby fans and rugby's governing body has responded to the complaints.

Jared Payne and Richardt Strauss are two Irish internationals who have qualified through the rule and Munster's CJ Stander will be eligible in late October.

"We are doing a consultation with the unions to determine what their view is," World Rugby boss Brett Gosper told the BBC.

"What we are going to do is look at it. Certainly Bernard Lapasset feels it is something that needs to be looked at and I think I share his view.

"The integrity of the international game is important, there is a lot of player movement internationally, and we just need to take stock. Is this the right rule now? We will come to an answer on that.

"I don't want to speculate on an outcome, but I think it's good we are looking at it.

"Things have moved on since the last time we have looked at it, and there just maybe a different decision on it than there was last time."

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