BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Anthony Milford of the Broncos passes the ball during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on September 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Eligibility overhaul lets players switch nations and still play Origin

International league is headed for one of the biggest shake-ups in the history of the sport.

A radical eligibility proposal – which will change the equation for the nations outside the big three of Australia, New Zealand and England – has been approved by the Rugby League International Federation.

The Herald on Sunday can reveal:

  • Eligible players can nominate one tier one nation to represent and one tier two nation
  • Players can switch between their two countries multiple times within a World Cup cycle
  • There is no stand-down between a change of allegiance
  • Players of Polynesian heritage can play State of Origin but still be available to turn out for their native island country

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As well as the forecast changes, the RLIF also recently extended its residency qualifying period from three to five years following the furore surrounding Semi Radradra’s recent selection for Australia.


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