10 England players who could change allegiance before RWC2023

World Rugby’s rule changes regarding international eligibility have certainly provided a lot of material for academic papers on who might change allegiance, who they might play for and when.

Under the new rules, a three-step test will be applied for a player to change who they represent internationally.

The player who changes player must withdraw from Test rugby for 36 months; the player must either be born in the country to which he wishes to be transferred or have a parent or grandparent born in that country; and a player can only change syndicates once.

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Each case will also be submitted to the World Rugby Rules Committee for approval to preserve its integrity.

Here we take a look at ten England players who could make the switch, immediately or in the coming year.

ZACH MERCER
The Montpellier full-back played for Scotland in the U16 and U18 age categories by residence, and hasn’t played for England since 2018. Mercer still has patterns on the white jersey and adds to his two caps to this day, but his stint at the French rugby club effectively ended his short-term selection chances. Mercer could theoretically move to Test level in Scotland under the new rules.

MAT KVESIC
Kvesic, 29, was born in Iserlohn, Germany, and won four caps for England, the last of which was in September 2019 and could therefore theoretically move to Germany later this year.

CHARLIE SHARPLES
The super-fast Sharples have won four caps for England, the last in 2012. Born in Hong Kong in 1989, the 32-year-old could technically move to the Asian side immediately, if World Rugby gives the green light.

NATHAN HUGHES
Bristol No.8 last played for England in 2018 and could move to Fiji immediately after being born on the island. Fiji have significant depth in their back row, so whether Vern Cotter feels the 30-year-old is worth watching is another question.

SEMESA ROKODUGUNI
The Bath winger hasn’t played for England since 2017 and at 34 he is unlikely to ever add to his four caps. The Fiji have even more depth on the fenders than on their rear, so such a change is unlikely to happen.

DON ARMAND
A few years ago Armand’s lack of involvement in the England squad was a famous cause in rugby circles. The Exeter Chiefs flanker will ultimately win two caps under Eddie Jones, the last in 2018. He was born in Harare and could play for Zimbabwe, although they did not qualify for the Rugby World Cup in France.

DENNY SALOMONA
The Sale Sharks wing could play for Samoa without adding to his five caps for England since 2017. Although born in New Zealand, Solomona has represented Samoa in the rugby league and her family is from England. Pacific Island.

GEORGES CROSS
Former England second row Kruis probably hasn’t given up on a comeback for England under Jones. He could however eventually play for Canada through his Canadian father, although he will have to wait until March 2023. The kicker for Kruis is that Canada did not qualify for France 2023 the first time around. that the nation failed to do so in the tournament history.

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TEIMANA HARRISSON
Born and raised in New Zealand – Harrison’s last involvement with England was in 2016 and the veteran Saints nailed his colors to the mast regarding his continued desire to play for Jones’ side. “It’s still ambition – until I retire I will be looking for a place in England again,” said Harrison. RugbyPass in 2020. He could move on to the All Blacks, unlikely as that may be.

RUARIDH MCCONNOCHIE
As the name suggests, Ruaridh McConnochie is eligible to play for Scotland through his Scottish father. He won his only selection for England against Italy in 2019 and is said to be ready to move on to Gregor Townsend in September.

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