RugbyLeagueGeek Posted March 31, 2021 Share Posted March 31, 2021 38 minutes ago, damp squib said: I can see why you would think that but it is more complicated than that. In my experience the degree to which a person is genuinely connected to their heritage generally correlates to how well the population of that heritage has integrated into the new country, or, to put it more bluntly, how much discrimination they experience in the new country because of their heritage. I see a noticeable difference between people of Irish heritage born and raised in Britain up to around the 70s and early 80s and how their relationship to Britain was affected by discrimination to the point where they solely or primarily identified as Irish, compared to the next generation who are primarily British-identifying and have a more superficial relationship to their Irish heritage. People of Tongan heritage in Australia are no doubt raised with constant reminders of their “Tonganess” by Australian society in a way that people with Scottish heritage don’t experience in England. That creates a much stronger and more genuine connection for better or worse. That's a fair enough point. But in the same breath, it can't be claimed that everyone falls in to that category across the board. I know some people who are very proud of their Scottish heritage and others who couldn't give a monkey's. More pertinently, you have to have a consistent set of eligibility rules for all countries, so it can't be based on something vague and intangible such as how passionate the fans are or the extent to which players feel a connection for their country of heritage. Otherwise, how many countries would that rule out? Probably the vast majority. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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