This year, World Rugby has relaxed the rules concerning a change of nationality sports: players can change national team, after 36 months of inactivity at international level, if they were born in the country for which they wish to play or if they have a parent or grandparent there.
A modification which, for example, opens the doors of the Australian selection to Tawera Kerr-Barlow (32), selected with the All Blacks 27 times between 2012 and 2017. On Monday, the La Rochelle scrum-half said he was open to a visit to the Wallabies. “I am available to play for them. I was born in Australia. I have a lot of ties with this country, and if they call me, I will go without hesitation”, he explained to Rugbyrama.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster reacted to this statement on Wednesday. “It doesn’t seem fair to me, but rules are rules, and there are rights”advanced the technician, adding not to wear “no judgement” on Kerr-Barlow’s intentions: “All I know is the beauty he brought to the All Blacks. He is a quality person and a quality rugby player. »
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