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Ex-All Blacks keen to switch allegiance

Anthony Tuitavake could be in Tongan colours in RWC next year. Photo: Skysports

Anthony Tuitavake could be in Tongan colours in the RWC next year. Photo: Skysports

A number of former All Blacks have confirmed that they intend to make themselves available for other countries at next year’s World Cup.

A loophole in the IRB’s Olympic Sevens qualifying regulations which allows capped players the opportunity to swap countries could open the way for the likes of ex-All Blacks Anthony Tuitavake, Sam Tuitupou and ex-Wallabies Mark Gerrard and Sitaleki Timani to represent the Pacific Island nations for which they hold passports.

In 2013, the IRB created an exemption to Regulation 8 governing eligibility for the Rio Olympics. It applies with a stand down period of 18 months for Rio, thereafter it will be three years.

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