The three-year residency rule in rugby has been the subject of much debate in recent times. Most of the Six Nations sides have used it in the last few years to great effect, but many are calling for an increase on the three-year period required.
Ireland alone have utilised the law to bring the likes of CJ Stander, Jared Payne and Richardt Strauss through to the national team in recent times. With Bundee Aki and Tyler Bleyendaal of Connacht and Munster respectively on the way to becoming eligible for Ireland, this is a trend that is not slowing down.
Irish journalist Paul Kimmage, speaking to Today FM, hit out at the laws.
“I don’t want to see him [CJ Stander] playing for Ireland. I don’t want to see it.
“I totally agree that he has fronted up for Munster and his buying into the whole Ireland thing but he is still depriving someone who is born and raised here of playing in that position and I think that should be the bottom line.”
This is a view not held exclusively by Kimmage, but the passion with which Stander has represented both Munster and Ireland makes people feel differently.
It is likely that we will see a change to the laws in the coming years, with France recently taking an initiative to favour French nationals, but in the meantime it seems that more and more imports will continue to represent national teams.
Hat-tip to the Irish Independent.