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?