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Should there be a minimum number of non-heritage players?

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I think it would help development of the sport if international teams had to have a minimum number of local born, or long term resident players, in each international team. It would give local players something to aim for...they would know they will not suddenly be usurped by poms, kiwis and aussies when the big matches or tournaments occur.

But what would the ideal number be?

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From what I recall, in 2008 squads had to have 4 domestic based players and 2 in the gameday lineup.

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Well?

I think it would help development of the sport if international teams had to have a minimum number of local born, or long term resident players, in each international team. It would give local players something to aim for...they would know they will not suddenly be usurped by poms, kiwis and aussies when the big matches or tournaments occur.

But what would the ideal number be?

After seeing "Italy" beat Wales 32-16 I would say that there clearly have to be some limits on the use of heritage players.  If the Italian media got interested in the "Italian" team's progress, do they have any players who speak Italian well enough to an interview in that language??

 

The allowed number of heritage players definitely needs to be capped, but I don't know what a fair limit would be.  Something else they should do is say that players who are named in any country's World Cup roster are then locked into that country for life, that way the only heritage players used will be ones willing to commit to that country.

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No, if players are eligible then they are eligible, trying to force nations to select certain players is ridiculous and defeats the object as well as being patronizing and potentially dangerous. There are two domestic players in Italy's squad BTW, the only nation that hasn't selected any home-grown players is Cook Islands

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No, if players are eligible then they are eligible, trying to force nations to select certain players is ridiculous and defeats the object as well as being patronizing and potentially dangerous. There are two domestic players in Italy's squad BTW, the only nation that hasn't selected any home-grown players is Cook Islands

I'm sure Tonga haven't. I may be wrong however?

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I'm sure Tonga haven't. I may be wrong however?

Tonga have Sydney Havea who currently plays in Tonga, and a number of other players who learned the game there and so would count as domestics such as Hurrell, Ta'ai etc.

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