"Tony Williams and Warriors backrow Ukuma Ta'ai - just 12 months after both played for Tonga against the Kiwis."
"NZRL chief executive Jim Doyle said if the selectors were "desperate" to include Ta'ai and Williams in their final 23-man squad, a special application would be discussed. But he warned: "We will not have another Grannygate. If they are not eligible, they will not be selected. What we are doing now is making sure they meet the criteria. If they do, we would apply to the RLIF."
Read the top statement Mr Doyle. they DO NOT meet the criteria. Unless of course the NZRL's friends in the RLIF want it otherwise.
i think what they mean is that if they qualify to play on all front bar the bit in red... and that they would apply to the RLIF for the dispensation on the above which they are then allowed to do but that they wouldnt do that unless they were sure that that was the only think stopping them playing..
but i agree play for one nation and stick to it and stop the pratting about switching nations every 2 years.. last world cup i thought the description they gave to Nigel Vagana in one of hte matches of "New Zealand's top international try scorer" when he was playing for Samoa was an embarrasment that should not be repeated.. international sport should not allow that IMO..
Let Heighington play for England, let Fa'asavalu etc but only becuase they qualify and they have not played for another nation, Manu should be no where near and nor should Brough and they should not have been in the plans (and i put bridge and harrison in that as well!) though whats good for the goose etc.