It would be hard to find a complaint about this.
"Tier" language is no longer used to refer to Aus, NZ, Eng V the rest.
A player can only rep 1 nation per year.
A player named in a squad, whether sanctioned international 13 or 9s, is considered to have elected.
GB should it return, is counted basically as England, and a player can not represent Aus or NZ + GB.
What it means?
I think the 1 year change is very sensible. This will make things easier to understand, and look better to media and fans. Takes a lot of the sting out of poor discussions around eligibility while retaining the strengths of the new system.
1 thing to note - a player could be left in no man's land if he is selected for NZ or England mid-year then is not selected again in October.
However maybe it will make fringe players consider their options a bit more seriously and choose to stick with Samoa/Tonga/Cook Islands etc rather than risk being left out altogether.
Taking the tier 1 tier 2 wording out is also an important change. May we never have another tOngA sHoUlD bE tIeR 1 thread.
So a player can represent NZ and Samoa as much as they like, but can't represent Tonga and Samoa as much as they like? Seems strange.A player eligible for any nations other than Australia, England, New Zealand can only make one switch between those nations in a four-year period. Players qualified for Australia, England and New Zealand plus any other nation can make multiple switches however they can only elect to represent one nation in any calendar year.
Seems like a stop Kalyn Ponga from switching to NZ rule.Players can only represent one of Australia, England or New Zealand in a career, even if eligible for more than one of those nations. If eligible they can play for nations outside of those three.
It's not treating you as being English, it's treating GB as (for lack of a better word) tier-1 eligibility.
You can play for Scotland and Australia. Or Scotland and GB. If you want to play for GB, don't play for Australia.
I've got no issue with this.
SMH is reporting a change in eligibility rules - but the quotes in the article merely seem to reference the changes made back in Feb.
The bit about Origin is strange. Not clear whether there has been a new update which references Origin specifically, or the SMH has added 2 and 2 to get 7 /decided Queensland is a nation now.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports players will soon have to make a choice between state and country as part of changes to international eligibility laws.
Under the news rules, NRL players who wish to represent either New South Wales or Queensland at State of Origin level will not be allowed to play for another country other than Australia for Test footy.
According to the Herald who obtained the criteria document, it states in part: "A Player who has elected to represent a Nation cannot then elect to play for another Nation in the same calendar year."
My biggest issue is treating nations differently. If it’s acceptable for an islander to represent his nation and his heritage why should anyone else be prevented from doing the same?
Rules in sport should be blanket not selective in my opinion.
The Great Britain rule makes no sense if you’re eligible to play for Wales, Scotland or Ireland why have a rule treating you as being English?
I think you misunderstood
All good rule.
As long as we dont go back to the Roos hoarding players through Origin selection, this will be an improvement.
I don't have a problem with Australia hoarding players when they are actually Australians.Misunderstood what?
Bad Australia hoarding all the Australians. Nobody is putting a gun to their heads.
I don't have a problem with Australia hoarding players when they are actually Australians.
With some teams we are getting to the point where it's basically just teams of Aussies, Kiwis, and Englishmen wearing blue or red shirts instead of green, black, or white ones, and allowing players to pick and choose between first and second tier nations almost at will is starting to become a bit embarrassing, especially when quite a few of them would never qualify for the second tier nation in nearly any other sport.
It just comes off as a really lame way to artificially make the sport look like it's stronger internationally than it really is.