Rugby World Cup: Overseas players competing and not competing for their national teams
Overseas-based players who were included: Drew Mitchell – The ARU’s new laws stipulate that overseas-based Wallabies must have accumulated 60 caps in order to qualify. Drew Mitchell, who also plays for Toulon, had amassed 65 when he was allowed to play again for his country. AP Images
Overseas-based players who were included: Kane Douglas – Irish province Leinster released Kane Douglas this summer despite two seasons left on his contract. Douglas’s mother died in 2013 and he returned to Australia to be nearer his family. The lock is in Michael Cheika’s 31-man Wallabies squad. Getty Images
Overseas-based players in exile: Ben Mowen – The former Wallabies captain has already scored a try for his French club Montpellier, having turned his back on Australia and this World Cup in January. Mowen moved with his family’s best interests at heart at the age of 29. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT
Overseas-based players in exile: Steffon Armitage – The turnover king was crowned the European player of the year in the 2013/14 season and was nominated again after his latest campaign for Toulon. Politically his omission from the England squad is understandable. Tactically, it makes almost no sense. AFP PHOTO/BERTRAND LANGLOIS
Overseas-based players in exile: Rodrigo Capo Ortega – The Uruguayan is one of the few professionals who play for Los Teros. His name was down to play at the tournament but mysteriously he was not included in Pablo Lemoine’s final squad. French club Castres deny they put pressure on the lock. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA
Player migration is a product of an ever-shrinking world of increased opportunity. For the Rugby World Cup in England, some rugby players will be welcomed back by their national teams while others will be left on the sidelines.
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Updated: September 14, 2015 04:00 AM