Chase blasts eligibility ‘hypocrites’

Rangi Chase has criticised members of the media for their change of heart in relation to eligibility rules.

The Castleford halfback was controversially selected for England under Steve McNamara and went on to represent the country in the 2013 World Cup.

His inclusion instigated extensive debate about Rugby League’s eligibility rules, with many unhappy with the idea of the New Zealand-born star representing England.

The argument has been raised ever since Wayne Bennett’s appointment as England head coach, with reports claiming that Bennett has been in touch with numerous Australian stars about playing for England in the Four Nations and the 2017 World Cup.

And Chase is unimpressed, as he believes that people who criticised his inclusion for England have now changed their mind, ending a post made on Instagram with the hashtags #GetWithTheTimes #It’sNoLongerThe1800’s #Hypocrites.

He posted: “It’s funny how the media and certain commentators especially the ones who were negative on a consistent basis about my choice slated me off about it are now supporting the eligibility rule and so on because the coach Wayne Bennett wants the best players playing under him and for the country to succeed.”

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Chase, who played eight times for England, isn’t the only overseas player to represent the country. Former St Helens favourite Maurie Fa’asavalu played for England in 2008, despite being born in Samoa, while Australian-born Chris Heighington wore the white jersey in 2011.

Overseas players can be eligible for other countries though their ancestors or residential ruling. Any player who has lived in England for three years could play for the country, while any player with and English parent or grandparent also becomes eligible.