Since England can take 24 players on tour, then it makes sense for the selectors to choose England born players only for the starting squad.
But Heighington lives in Australia, and he should be considered as back up, and eligible for call up if there is a serious run of injuries on tour. To reject him under such possible cicumstances would be self-destructive.
no i disagree with both those statements completley..
it doesnt make sense for the selectors to choose England born players only for the starting squad becuase it is 24... it should be the 24 best players to be eligable for England no matter where they are born/raised etc.. it should simply be the best 24 players that we are able to pick (for example.. Willie Manu if he played in the Pacific nations last year is not eligable without dispensation which shoudlnt be given IMO but either way he is not good enough to be in the 24 so it is a pointless argument about who he shoudl represnet.. however if he could and was good enough he should go.. if heighington were good enough he should be in the 24.. i dont think he is)
he should be considered as back up and eligibl for a call up as any player who is eligible for the squad should be. To pick him becuase he lives in australia would also be self-destructive.. if he is the next best name not in the squad in that position when there is an injury he should be called up, if he is not then it takes 24 hours to get to australia and they should fly the next best out.. otherwise it is a slap in the face to them and a farce.