- Nov 2, 2006
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It's up to each player to make their own decision obviously, I understand there's lots of nuance in this discussion. But playing for NZ isn't the only way of providing for their families/village. If they're good enough to be capped by NZ then they'll already be earning good money for their club, and if they're after more money still, then there'll be plenty of opportunities for big deals abroad whilst representing whichever country they consider 'home'.For pacific islanders It wont change their decision at all. A pretty easy decision to make your village far richer than its ever been.
That won't be the norm though. The AB management will do their due diligence in most cases and approach a player beforehand, especially ones with complicated backgrounds. They won't want egg on their faces from players turning around and being like 'erm, wtf you doing including me in your NZ squad, I'm Tongan'! From my understanding international managements from all countries contact all kinds of promising eligible players on a consistent basis to understand their potential allegiances etc. And if they don't, the media certainly will have asked the question at some point.they do, lots of all blacks only find they've made the squad when its announced, Brad thorn had to publicly make himself available for the ABs because he was thinking about going back to league and didn;t feel he'd earned his spot, Liam squire publicly turned down a spot because he didn't feel his mental health was right for the extra workload