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Play for the Rebels and the ABs?

JAMES LAWLER
Last updated 12:30 16/05/2014
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HE'S A REBEL: Jason Woodward plays for the Melbourne Rebels.

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Rugby players are leaving New Zealand to play overseas. Should this be a concern? Yes, it should be.

Our depth is good at the moment but the amount of second tier players leaving should be a concern to New Zealand Rugby.

At the moment you can't play overseas for any club and for the All Blacks, which is fine.

I mean, just look at the Springboks. They have recently said you can play for a club overseas and still get picked for your country. Just look at how that has turned out for them. Players are leaving at a huge rate and when you are playing in a different competitions it is quite hard adjust back and forth between playing styles. 

I have solution to stop players from going off shore. Why not let All Blacks be picked for other Super rugby teams around the Super rugby competition?

I mean it is under SANZAR and is the same style of rugby. It would be very interesting to see some New Zealand players play for Australia and South African teams.

A player could still be registered to New Zealand Rugby but play for an overseas Super rugby franchise. 

At the moment players like Alby Mathewson and Jason Woodward are in great form for their respective Super rugby sides but can't be selected for the All Blacks because they are playing overseas.

The rule should be that you should be allowed to play for the All Blacks if you play in the Super rugby competition.

Sure, they might not be looked at first because they are not playing in New Zealand at the time of Super rugby, but they would still be eligible. 


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