Manu Tuilagi

With debate raging on over residency rules in rugby I thought it would be interesting to take a look at England so have picked a non-English born XV.

15. Delon Armitage, Trinidad & Tobago

Despite looking unlikely to play for England as he continues to remain in France, the Trinidadian still has an outside shot.

14. Marland Yarde, St Lucia

Yarde was born in Castries, St Lucia but moved to England when he was nine and now looks set to star at the World Cup.


13. Manu Tuilagi, Samoa

Despite being born in Samoa but moved to England at a young age where he was always viewed as a future star for the Red Rose.

12. Brad Barritt, South Africa

Barritt grew up in South Africa and started his rugby career over there but was eligible for England thanks to Rhodesian parents.

11. Charlie Sharples, Hong Kong

One of the least controversial members of this XV, Sharples was born in Hong Kong which is still a British dependant territory.

10. Nick Evans, New Zealand

The most fanciful player on this list, there are however rumours that Evans could be hoping to turn out for England thanks to the sevens loophole.

9. Lee Dickson, Germany

Dickson is English in everything but birth location having been born in Germany due to his father being stationed there with the army.


1. Alex Corbisiero, USA

Corbisiero is of Italian-American descent but moved to England when he was just four meaning his rugby education occurred in the English system.

2. Dylan Hartley, New Zealand

Hartley was born in New Zealand but moved to England when he was 16 and qualifies for England thanks to an English-born mother.

3. Matt Stevens, South Africa

Stevens is South African born and came up through their age-grade system before moving to England for university and qualifying on residency grounds.

4. Michael Paterson, New Zealand

Paterson came up through the New Zealand system before moving to Wales were he nearly qualified for residency before moving to England and qualifying through his grandfather.

5. Mouritz Botha, South Africa

The giant South African lock moved to England in a bid to find a professional contract and qualified for the national team on residency rules.


6. Billy Vunipola, Australia

The younger Vunipola was born in Brisbane to  Fe’ao Vunipola a former captain of Tonga but moved to England as a child.

7. Steffon Armitage, Trinidad & Tobago

Although Armitage now looks more likely to play for France the Trinidadian born back rower is still available for England selection.

8. Thomas Waldrom, New Zealand

Waldrom grew up in New Zealand where he played provincial rugby and moved to England in 2010 where he qualified for the national team thanks to his English grandmother.

Do you think it’s right a national side can pick so many foreign born players?