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The Great Migration: World Rugby’s stance

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Here is an official statement from World Rugby on how they view some key issues of player migration and an explanation of how the residency rules are changing. These points first appeared in our Great Migration investigation, published on 5 December.


THE WORLD RUGBY VIEW

Asked about academies set up in the Pacific and the need to monitor agents better, World Rugby gave us this statement for our Great Migration investigation:

“We are committed to delivering the best possible environment to ensure the future competitiveness of the Pacific Islands on the global stage. While we are investing more than £20m between 2016-19 in direct and indirect funding of the three unions, the support package is more than the money. We are partnering with Pacific Rugby Players (official union) to explore and deliver a framework of agent accreditation and regulation and importantly player education.

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“On the matter of academies, we are implementing structures that provide a pathway for locally-based players through to the national team, which can be seen in our funding of the Fijian Drua in the Australia National Rugby Championship,
and tougher eligibility criteria.

“We will assist any union who believes there is activity in their nation detrimental to the development of local players for the national team.”

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THE RESIDENCY RULES

World Rugby voted to change the residency regulations in May – and these are the key points…

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