The dual-country World Cup representatives



Whether or not you like it or not, the latest Environment Cup eligibility procedures can outcome in players representing extra than just one place, and this provides increase to not only a whole lot of discussion but also some attention-grabbing predicaments.

For case in point, how significantly far better off would Italy be in the current competition if James Tedesco – their centre, fullback and 5/8 from the two earlier Environment Cups – was continue to representing the Azzurri relatively than captaining the Kangaroos? How a lot would New Zealand like to have Jason Taumalolo at the back of their scrum? We’ll under no circumstances know.

Here’s an intriguing crew of gamers who have represented far more than one particular country at the Earth Cup, prior to the present competitors.

1. Jarryd Hayne – Hayne has scored 14 attempts in as numerous Earth Cup game titles, the initially four for Fiji back again in 2008, before switching to Australia for 5 game titles in 2013 and a World Cup Trophy. He returned to the Fiji staff in 2017, notching up another 5 appearances.

2. Manu Vatuvei – The significant winger scored 8 attempts in 9 games for NZ, which include a quadruple in a recreation towards England in 2008, in advance of participating in his previous Environment Cup match for Tonga from Scotland in 2017.

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3. Kevin Iro – Iro performed 14 Entire world Cup online games in all, the initially 11 for NZ, just before switching allegiances to the Cook dinner Islands in 2000 at the age of 32.

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4. Michael Jennings – Jennings has scored an impressive 9 attempts in 8 Environment Cup game titles. He experienced 3 for Tonga in 2008, a solitary match for Australia in 2013, and ending with 4 a lot more for Tonga in 2017.

5. Sam Panapa – Panapa played all of his top stage occupation in England and turned out on the wing for NZ in a few game titles in 1989. His last two Globe Cup appearances were for Samoa in 1995.

6. Nigel Vagana – Vagana was a winger for NZ in his to start with five Entire world Cup outings in 2000, but located himself actively playing 5/8 for Samoa 8 many years later on in his remaining two appearances.

7. Robbie Farah – The existence of Cameron Smith held Farah on the bench in his 3 video games for Australia in 2013, but he became Lebanon’s 1st preference 50 % again immediately after turning out for them for 4 online games in 2017.

8. Petero Civoniceva – Conveniently on of the most effective front rowers to play the game, Civoniceva experienced 4 game titles for Australia in 2008, right before representing Fiji in 2013, enjoying 5 games for the Bati.

9. Mike McIlorum – McIlorum just can’t seem to be to make up his intellect. 3 online games for Eire back again in 2008, followed by two games for England in 2013, then back again to the Irish workforce for 3 online games in 2017. 2022 sees him again in an English jersey.

10. Josh Papali’i – The significant unit performed 4 online games for Australia in 2013, which include their victory more than NZ in the closing, and then turned out for Samoa 4 years later on notching up a different 4 games.

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11. Sika Manu – Manu’s initially a few Globe Cup appearances arrived in 2008 when he was part of NZ’s victorious team, but his following seven came for Tonga, and he captained them all through their 2017 campaign.

12. Chris Joynt – Joynt was a really formidable ahead in his day, and he played 3 game titles for England in their 1995 marketing campaign in advance of switching allegiances to Ireland for 4 game titles in 2000.

13. Andrew Bentley – Bentley experienced 1 recreation for France in 2013 in advance of returning to his Scottish heritage in 2017 for two extra World Cup appearances.

14. Duanne Mann – 8 game titles as hooker for NZ just before switching to Tonga at the age of 30 for 5 online games, two as hooker and captain, and the past 3 either as lock or 50 % again.

15. Andrew Fifita – The huge bopper was undefeated in his six game titles for the victorious Australian crew in 2013, and then led the demand to symbolize his state of heritage by signing up for Tonga in 2017, exactly where he won 4 of the 5 video games he appeared in.

16. David Fa’alogo – The rugged forward was performed 4 game titles for NZ in 2008 and was a crucial member of the Cup successful staff, and switched to Samoa 5 years later on notching up a different 4 Earth Cup appearances.

17. Brent Kite – Kite’s Entire world Cup vocation kicked off in 2000 when he experienced two game titles for Tonga, and by 2008 he was in the Australian group participating in 5 matches. He returned to the Tongan group as captain in 2013 for 3 more game titles.