- Nov 12, 2015
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Errr... What now?For Tier1, the fact they generally only recruit foreign developed players with a view to capturing them on residency (excluding perhaps Glasgow and Edinburgh) may save their bacon from something similar.
IIRC Similar has happened with England, except that the player, club, and union all knew what the rules were. Way back, when Shontayne Hape transferred from league to Union, he'd already spent long enough in the UK to qualify on residency, but he had picked up an injury, and returned to NZ for a couple of months to see family whilst he was doing his rehab.
It was well known that that reset his qualification period.
In England at least, no-one signs foreign developed players with a view to capturing them on residency. Nor do France, and obviously not Arg, SA, NZ or Aus, whilst Italian club rugby doesn't have the pull, and look to ancestry. Pretty sure Wales haven't for over a decade, whilst Ireland and Scotland do (or did, I think Ireland ditched it when the qualification period was extended. Scotland probably did too) have that specific policy.
Your "generally only" seems to only apply to 1/5 of tier 1 - and you then exempt both clubs from one of the only 2 nations to ever have that policy.