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Date TimeNovember 19, 2019
VoiceThe Australian World Cup star’s quip about playing for Fiji raises questions over the validity of World Rugby’s current rules
Samu Kerevi joked but rugby’s eligibility rules are no laughing matter | Bret Harris
At a luncheon in Fiji, Samu Kerevi revealed a desire to play for the country of his birth at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. His unexpected comments made headlines across the Pacific, but he later claimed they were taken out of context and that he just “having a bit of a laugh”.
Yet even if Kerevi was joking, the fact that he would not be allowed to play for Fiji is a serious matter and raises a question mark over the validity of rugby’s eligibility rules. At present Kerevi finds himself in an international no-man’s land. The Wallabies’ vice-captain at the World Cup in Japan, Kerevi is no longer eligible to play for Australia after signing a three-year deal with Japanese club Suntory.

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