Push for change to eligibility ruling

The Sanzaar partners are likely to vote unanimously for an extension to the eligibility rule related to foreign players representing their adopted country.

As it stands, a South African player who has not been capped for the Springboks or Junior Boks could qualify to represent another country after just three years of residency, with the likes of Ireland star CJ Stander having completed this qualification.

With so many players heading abroad, SA Rugby would undoubtedly be keen to support means to curb the player drain, while it's reported that New Zealand and Australia would join South Africa and Argentina in supporting a change to the eligibility ruling.

Votes will be cast at a World Rugby council meeting in May, where a two-year extension could be tabled.

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Craig Lewis