RFU Considers Five-Year Residency Rule

January 19, 2017

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) may impose a five-year residency rule on English international selections, if World Rugby fails to impose new guidelines.

A player currently becomes eligible for international selection when they have lived in a country for three years, but an RFU campaign may seek to raise this minimum by 24 months.

The French Rugby Union have recently declared that only players who own a French passport will be eligible for national team selection.

World Rugby will vote whether to change the rule at their meeting in May.