Now now your contention was that South Africa don’t “import” players who then become springboks. I’ve given a number of examples where they have done just that. Adrian Garvey is another one just to toss into the mix, actually represented another country but brought to SA for better life became naturalised and played for the Springboks. I don’t really follow your logic here I’m afraid. You suggested that Russia wouldn’t bring in players and naturalise them to then play for their country (i.e. they won’t “dilute” their national side). I noted that rugby is amateur in Russia so economically speaking there is very little that they could offer to entice players to play for them, as opposed to say the offer to play in South Africa for players from other parts Africa. However, to give a fairer comparison of situation, I considered a professional sport in Russia, namely football, where there has been activities to bring foreigners in and naturalise them. The success of the Russian national team is irrelevant (by in large) to the amount of money and quality of life a player moving there can get. The Russia team (presumably we mean post USSR) have qualified for Euro 2012 finals, topped their group to qualify for WC2014, qualified for Euro 2016 finals and got to the last 8 of WC2018, so I am not sure “Russian team has been garbage for decades save for 1 tournament in 2008” is factual. You suggested using Russian football as an example of how Russians approach professional team sports was “silly”, why is that?