Release of the captured: should Rugby Union’s international eligibility criteria be loosened?

Published 12 June 2020 By: Jonathan Collins

Rugby Players

The election of Sir Bill Beaumont as chairman of World Rugby, after a close victory over Agustin Pichot, may herald significant changes for international rugby union worldwide. 

Mr. Beaumont, as part of his campaign, promised an independent governance review[1] which shall reportedly commence work under Sir Hugh Robertson, together with stating a willingness to revisit[2] and potentially revise international eligibility regulations.

Specifically, he has spoken about the possibility of allowing, under certain circumstances, players who have already played senior rugby for one nation to switch to another nation which they may be entitled to represent.

The purpose of this article is to consider:

  • The current position concerning “capture”;
  • The advent of “capturing” players;
  • The current exception to “capturing”;
  • The recent changes to international eligibility rules in rugby league;
  • The position of the Pacific Islands and South Africa;
  • The inherent problem with the concept of capture; and
  • The possible form and effect of changes to international eligibility regulations.

 

Get access to this article and all of the expert analysis and commentary at LawInSport

Register here

Already a member?

Username or email   Password   Remember Me     Forgot Login?   Register  

Articles, webinars, conference videos and podcast transcripts

 

Related Articles

Author

Jonathan Collins

Jonathan Collins

Senior Associate, PwC Legal

Jonathan is an Irish solicitor and Senior Associate at PwC Legal Luxembourg. Jonathan has represented Munster at Youth level, and is mainly interested in rugby union and football.

+352 26 48 42 35 66

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2020. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.