Sunday 17 December 2017

Eligibility dispute as Scots call up Welsh-born Shingler

Matt McGeehan

Steven Shingler's eligibility for Scotland was called into doubt just hours after the London Irish back was named in Andy Robinson's Six Nations squad yesterday.

The Swansea-born London Irish star (20) was named as one of six uncapped players in Scotland's 36-man panel.

Robinson believes Shingler qualifies as a result of his Dumfries-born mother.

However, Shingler played for Wales U-20s in the 2011 Six Nations, when both nations declared the age-group squads as their second XVs, effectively handcuffing the players involved to those countries under International Rugby Board regulations.

The Welsh Rugby Union said in a statement: "The U-20 team is currently the WRU nominated side for qualification, which means that players who represent Wales at this level in certain games are then solely qualified for Welsh senior honours.

"All the U-20 players who represented Wales against France at U-20 level in 2011 were informed that they would then become Wales-qualified players only."

All 28 available players from Scotland's 30-man World Cup squad have been selected -- Chris Paterson and Nathan Hines have retired since the tournament in New Zealand.

The six uncapped players are Edinburgh wing Lee Jones, 19-year-old full-back Stuart Hogg and his Glasgow Warriors team-mates Duncan Weir and Robert Harley, who play at out-half and in the back-row, respectively.

Sale Sharks flanker/lock Fraser McKenzie has also been included, alongside Shingler.

The capped players who did not travel to the World Cup but were named are David Denton and Greig Laidlaw.

New France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has included two uncapped players in his provisional 30-man Six Nations squad.

Clermont Auvergne centre Wesley Fofana and Toulouse second-row Yoann Maestri are rewarded for their outstanding club form, while Saint-Andre has also recalled several players deemed surplus to requirements by his predecessor Marc Lievremont.

Among them are the Toulouse trio of Clement Poitrenaud, Lionel Beauxis and Yannick Nyanga. Out-half Beauxis last played for Les Bleus in 2009, while flanker Nyanga has not featured since the 2007 World Cup.

However, there is no place for centre Mathieu Bastareaud or scrum-half Julien Dupuy.

Former Sale, Gloucester and Toulon coach Saint-Andre has retained 22 of the squad that reached the World Cup final in October.

Toulouse flanker Thierry Dusautoir, the World Player of the Year, continues as captain.

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