The Federation clearly decides the eligibility rules for the All Blacks

The Federation clearly decides the eligibility rules for the All Blacks

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Sam Keane, upon his arrival in Japan, has put the debate over eligibility rules for New Zealand internationals back on the table. Current regulations mean that only players who play in New Zealand can wear an All Blacks jersey. The New Zealand captain wanted to change that, unlike others like Kieran Read or Ian Foster.

The New Zealand FA did not listen to Same Cane who reaffirmed its selection policy and has no intention of changing it. New Zealand Rugby Union president Mark Robinson once again announced the union’s position at a press conference on Wednesday, following the annual board meeting.

We are very clear about our rules and believe they have played a vital role in the All Blacks’ success for so long. But we also realize that the world is changing and from time to time these discussions need to be had. Right now, we’re really happy with the situation.

New All Blacks coach Scott Robertson has also campaigned for selection requirements to be relaxed. He’ll probably have to do without it, at least for now.

To summarize

In New Zealand, the debate over international eligibility rules is back at the forefront. But the New Zealand Federation recently settled this controversy with a statement from its president, Mark Robinson, on Wednesday.

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