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Same as one of the other Italians isn't it? In that he qualifies for Italian citizenship through the great-grandparent (and may easily have had a parent or grandparent or even himself -with an Italian passport but not residency), just not the rugby team.

I find that understandable, and still worthy of being punished/fined; but ultimately the statute of limitations has passed. Things were different then IRB took people at their word, in these cases, players were understandably/conveniently confused. If it doesn't come to light for 10+ years, then I'm not going to get my knickers twisted, and is very different to a post-clampdown world where relevant birth certificates are produced, and ineligibility comes to light within weeks.

Within the EU (I think, certainly the UK) the statute of limitations for an equivalent crime/misdemeanor in business / taxation is 7 years. Further back than that, I'm happy enough to say "got away with that one then"
 
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Same as one of the other Italians isn't it? In that he qualifies for Italian citizenship through the great-grandparent (and may easily have had a parent or grandparent or even himself -with an Italian passport but not residency), just not the rugby team.

I find that understandable, and still worthy of being punished/fined; but ultimately the statute of limitations has passed. Things were different then IRB took people at their word, in these cases, players were understandably/conveniently confused. If it doesn't come to light for 10+ years, then I'm not going to get my knickers twisted, and is very different to a post-clampdown world where relevant birth certificates are produced, and ineligibility comes to light within weeks.

Within the EU (I think, certainly the UK) the statute of limitations for an equivalent crime/misdemeanor in business / taxation is 7 years. Further back than that, I'm happy enough to say "got away with that one then"
Absolutely. The current total of italian players where evidence suggests they were falsely selected on the basis of citizenship awarded due to Great grandparent is now 8.

Dellapé, Pez, Canale, García and Di Bernardo are the 5 additions following research by others. None played in RWC2019 so this doesn't impact on qualification for RWC2023.

To think I supported Italy through these years when I was more authentically Italian than a sizeable chunk of the squad.

If nobody is identified following say RWC2015 then that is probably a sign the Italian union and World Rugby has got a grip on things in the intervening period. The question for me is more whether World Rugby knew Italy had screwed up but kept it quiet so they wouldn't be disqualified for say 2015 or 2019. There is an absolute stench around this.
 

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The six nations put them up to this in hopes of a better italy pulling better ratings.

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All tier 2s should therefore be allowed to select anyone with vaguely fitting names for a period of 8 names at their choosing.
 

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Evidence on 7 of the 'Italian' players using great grandparents.


Suggestion WR will do absolutely nothing unless a formal complaint is lodged.

 

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As before, all are longer ago than the statute of limitations.
All seem to be a confusion between being an Italian citizen and being eligible to play rugby for Italy.
None seem to be having an effect on current or future rugby.


These are All way, WAY less severe, and less relevant when found, than the cases in Spain and Romania etc
 

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Reading that it feels like the rules should allow citizens of a country under the countries citizenship laws.

I don't think its ideal at all but it will lead to this kind of mess in the future again I think if they don't.

Just to note I don't agree people with Great Grandparents should play for a country but if that's allowed for citizenship I don't see how you can argue someone can't play for a country that they are a citizen of.
 

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See, I think it's a good example of why I wouldn't want to go by citizenship.
Italy goes back 3 generations, France go back... well, how far they go back depends on where you're coming from. Germany, IIRC doesn't allow anyone on the principal of most recent relative (or is it doesn't allow anyone on the principal of residency?)


IMO qualification rules should be the same for everyone, not different for each country.
 

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I said to punish the union by fining them.

They didn't break the eligibility rules when they qualified for the 2023 RWC. You can't just make up more rules to make up for the fact they got away with something.
So what? I am 99% sure WR has the discretion to penalize unions if they deem so. Think of it as the 'Acts contrary to good sportsmanship.' law. They never define what good sportsmanship is but they do apply it when and if they see fit.
I find it unlikely, unfathomable that WR doesn't have a provision like that in their statutes.


considering almost all crimes/torts (other than murder which I wouldn't compare to fielding an ineligible player, rather I'd say it's fraud) have statutes of limitations, they would face no repercussions whatsoeve
No. All crimes have statutes of limitation if and only if such statutes are directly or indirectly but explicitly stated. That doesn't appear to be the case here.
I used murder to exaggerate the point, but the logic stands. I didn't pick the argument, he did. I just applied his logic to something else to expose how those principles could very well end in disaster if applied blindly.


Yes but their punishment was void results that the player played in and a fine. Cant really void results because its to far in the past so all you can really do is a big fine for them.
I guess we fundamentally disagree on what one could do then. I can think of a few examples of other nuts they could have tightened.
The fact they chose differently is another matter.
 

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So in all of rugby's controversies at least the players have a small connection to the nation they represent.

Spain have really taken the **** at EuroBasket. The only eligibility requirement is citizenship so when their point guard (Ricky Rubio) went down with an injury an American (Lorenzo Brown) playing overseas (but never for a team in Spain) reached out and asked to join the team. The federation then pulled some strings and he's now a citizen and playing minutes. Absolute joke.
 

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So in all of rugby's controversies at least the players have a small connection to the nation they represent.

Spain have really taken the **** at EuroBasket. The only eligibility requirement is citizenship so when their point guard (Ricky Rubio) went down with an injury an American (Lorenzo Brown) playing overseas (but never for a team in Spain) reached out and asked to join the team. The federation then pulled some strings and he's now a citizen and playing minutes. Absolute joke.
Yup. Many rugby fans advocate citizenship as the rules for rugby. Push that through and we could see the dream of the Qatari Globetrotters XV joining the URC. :p


Thankfully I see no chance of a majority of World Council votes supporting citizenship given the move to extend the residency period.
 

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That's now at least a third Scottish union position dedicated to putting Scottish Q players at the heart of the national side.

"as we aim to scour the globe to discover the best players eligible to play for Scotland and make a positive impact to both our club and international sides"


Why stop at the globe? Maybe there are some on the dark side of the moon and that's sure be more interesting than trying to cultivate some in your own back yard.
 

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That's now at least a third Scottish union position dedicated to putting Scottish Q players at the heart of the national side.

"as we aim to scour the globe to discover the best players eligible to play for Scotland and make a positive impact to both our club and international sides"


Why stop at the globe? Maybe there are some on the dark side of the moon and that's sure be more interesting than trying to cultivate some in your own back yard.
Really feel for the real Scottish fans having to put up with their plastic squad. No one seems to like things like this so can’t see it helped Scotland over the long run.
 

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