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Potential change in residency rule

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Re: Potential change in residency rule

Postby Figaro » Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 08:28

Thomas wrote:Wales also had Jason Jones-Hughes for the World Cup of 1999 and he was allowed to play almost immediately as it was deemed that he had not played a full international for Australia.


But Jones-Hughes qualified for Wales through his parents, so was not a project player either - irrespective of whether or not he should have been tied to Australia, his ability to play for Wales wasn't based on a 3-year professional residency.

ihateblazers wrote:Only the central contract union pro system can have project players. For example The Welsh teams were all privately owned and so the wru can't mandate project players like Ireland and Scotland. Same with England, France and all other privatley owned pro clubs. Maybe in England some clubs would sign players with the goal of taking them off their foreign player quota or rather on to their England qualified pay out system. But no where as ridiculous as Scotland and Ireland the abusers of the system


Yes I think you are onto something there, although there are some incentives - the Welsh regions are allowed one (or perhaps two) "timeservers" in their matchday squads, who are explicitly non-Welsh players who might obtain WQ status in the future; the quotas (I think there is something like a maxiumum of 5 NWQ players in the matchday 23) encourage the regions to sign players who are WQ or who could still obtain it over those who have a few caps for another country. But in terms of genuine "projects" who are signed explicitly in order to fill a gap in the squad, no, that hasn't happened (although now the Dragons are centrally owned by the WRU that could change).

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Re: Potential change in residency rule

Postby Bruce_ma_goose » Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 09:42

ihateblazers wrote:Only the central contract union pro system can have project players. For example The Welsh teams were all privately owned and so the wru can't mandate project players like Ireland and Scotland. Same with England, France and all other privatley owned pro clubs. Maybe in England some clubs would sign players with the goal of taking them off their foreign player quota or rather on to their England qualified pay out system. But no where as ridiculous as Scotland and Ireland the abusers of the system


Ah, good knowledge. Thanks for the explanation.

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