Tuesday , May 18 2021

World Rugby boss scrolls on the list of "aliens"

Cape Town – World Rugby Vice-President Agustin Pichot triggered rebellion among countries of origin by sharing a list of top international teams and adding what percentage of their teams include non-born players in their countries.

In accordance with The Stuff.co.nz sitePichot's post, posted on Wednesday and showing statistics for the top 11 rugby nations, called on the former Argentine president to resign for "fanning the flames of xenophobia."

The 44-year list lists Scotland (46.3%) to have the most players abroad for the November tests, while South Africa and Argentina are down (both with 0%).

New Zealand is ranked second with 12.5%, while Japan (37.1), Italy (29.7), Australia (29.4), England (27.7), Ireland (26.1) , Wales (24.3) at eight.

According to Pichot's list, England, Ireland and Wales have approximately double the number of New Zealand players born abroad in their teams.

Northern rugby directors have traditionally criticized all blacks for pinching talent in the Pacific islands, but last year it was shown that England was actually the rugby house of 2005.

Only four of the original team of 32 All Blacks named for their current Nordic tournament were born abroad: Nepo Laulala (Apia, Samoa), Ofa Tuonga (Nuku alofa, Tonga), Vaea Fifita (Vava, Tonga) and Waisake Naholo (Sigatoka, Fiji).

As for Pichot, his offensive tweet has caused quite a stir and the post has attracted nearly 3,000 reactions by Thursday.

Twitter users accused Pichot of "total xenophobia" and said he was talking nonsense.

It is not the first time Pichot has spoken about the subject of the players who choose to represent a nation in which they were not born.

Silver said rugby "loses something" when former Hurricanes captain Brad Shields was first presented in a shirt in England in a photo of veteran New Zealand, Keith Quinn, who asked: "Is it a sad picture about you?"

Pichot replied to Quinn: "Algo is perdiendo (" something is missing "in English). We will lose something … the game loses something …"

Pichot, who made 71 appearances for Argentina in 1995-2008, contributed to the fact that World Rugby prolongs the qualifying period for players to change countries from three to five years living in their new country.

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