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France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby niallni » December 21st, 2016, 8:18 pm

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/38389827

Big step forward for rugby i think
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby neiliog93 » December 21st, 2016, 8:22 pm

Good decision, with the financial muscle of the Top 14 clubs and the fairly useless French academies it was becoming a bit of a farce for the French national team.

It's right to extend the qualifying period to 5 years and I think from an Irish perspective (or any country) there should be a limit of project players to say, 3 in a starting XV, 4 in a matchday squad and 5 in a 31-man RWC squad.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby johng » December 21st, 2016, 11:04 pm

Gareth Anscome's Ma is Welsh. He is not qualified on residency.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby dropkick » December 21st, 2016, 11:41 pm

Good on them. It was getting a bit ridiculous with all the non French players in their squad.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby Dave Cahill » December 22nd, 2016, 12:13 am

Domestic political posturing in an election year and nothing more.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby bonzo » December 22nd, 2016, 1:05 am

Looked up what you have to do to get a French passport - need to show you've got French nationality, and to apply for that you've got to have been habitually resident in France for 5 years. So effectively they're just jumping to that longer residency period before they're pushed by World Rugby into it?
Minimum 5 years for naturalisation in Ireland too btw
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby simonokeeffe » December 22nd, 2016, 12:11 pm

as I posted elsewhere (wahhhh) apparently the only player this stops from getting more caps in Antonio

Did have a feeling though the French would go down some sort of route in this regard
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby offshorerules » December 22nd, 2016, 12:21 pm

I think this is just spin to be honest.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby Dave Cahill » December 22nd, 2016, 12:46 pm

offshorerules wrote:I think this is just spin to be honest.


Of course it is, Laporte is the president of the FFR, he doesn't actually make policy, no more than Stephen Hilditch does. Hes a high profile member of a centre right political party looking to move to the right in an election year to grab some of the floating FN voters - what better than 'France for the French'.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby ronk » December 22nd, 2016, 2:36 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:as I posted elsewhere (wahhhh) apparently the only player this stops from getting more caps in Antonio

Did have a feeling though the French would go down some sort of route in this regard


Existing international players are grandfathered in.
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Re: France to stop picking residency qualified players

Postby simonokeeffe » December 22nd, 2016, 9:53 pm

ronk wrote:
simonokeeffe wrote:as I posted elsewhere (wahhhh) apparently the only player this stops from getting more caps in Antonio

Did have a feeling though the French would go down some sort of route in this regard


Existing international players are grandfathered in.


Think I get ya, so Antonio doesnt have to cool his heels for a year?
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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