While World Rugby recently allowed a change of sporting nationality to international players under certain conditions, the three-quarters center from Stade Français Paris Ngani Laumape said it wanted to wear the colors of Tonga.
Ngani Laumape no longer intends to wear the All Blacks jersey. Born in Palmerston North, the three-quarters center wore his home country’s colors fifteen times between 2017 and 2020. Aided by the workforce led by Ian Foster, Njani Laumab decided to put his international career on hold in leaving the Hurricanes this summer to join the Top 14 and Stade Français Paris. No longer under contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union, the 28-year-old is no longer a selectable two years after the World Cup organized in France. But it’s not out of the question to see him line the French prairies in 2023 under the colors of his parents’ original homeland, Tonga. In fact, World Rugby recently passed an amendment to its regulations that allows a sport’s nationality to be changed under certain circumstances.
Laumape will have to wait until 2023
Facing the press, ahead of the capital’s match against Connacht on Sunday in the Champions Cup, Njani Laumab made no secret of his intentions. ” I want to play for Tonga. It will be a great opportunity to represent my parents’ countryHe said the center of the three quarters. I am proud to be a Tonga, so if I am selected I will definitely put my feet in stirrups. But I still have a few years left to focus on the Stade Francis de Paris. “In fact, if the possibility of changing the nationality is open from January 1, the player will have to wait three years after his last selection to make such an application, which will then be considered by World Rugby. Regarding Njani Laumab, Such a request cannot be made before 2023, and his last pick with New Zealand goes back to the 2020 Rugby Championships.
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