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Newcastle Sign Tongan Star


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Uncategorized on 13 Jun 2008 at 00:22
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Newcastle have signed centre Tane Tu’ipulotu on a three-year deal.

SL reports that the 27-year-old, who played for Wellington and Hurricanes, does not count as a foreign player due to his Tongan passport.

Acting director of rugby Steve Bates said: “Tane represents an out-and-out quality signing.

“As well as the physical aspects of midfield play he also possesses excellent running and distribution skills, and he will be a very accomplished addition to our back line.

“He has been playing to a very high standard over in New Zealand, is in absolutely fantastic physical condition and we firmly believe he will make a significant impact on the Guinness Premiership in complementing the back line talent already at our disposal.”

Nicknamed ‘The King’, Tu’ipulotu’s running and offloading game earned him selection for the 2006 Junior All Blacks.



9 Comments

  • the 27-year-old, who played for Wellington and Hurricanes, does not count as a foreign player due to his Tongan passport.

    :?: :?:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.06.08 00:24:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I think it’s this:

    The Kolpak ruling is a European Court of Justice ruling handed down on May 8, 2003 in favour of Maros Kolpak, a Slovak handball player. His legal actions in Germany set a precedent for professional sports in Europe, which have had a wide-ranging effect, especially in regard to English county cricket and British professional rugby.

    Correspondingly, a Kolpak player or Kolpak, is a term used in the United Kingdom for players in the domestic leagues in cricket and both rugby codes from overseas, subject to the Kolpak clause.

    The court decision was based upon the idea that no resident of the European Union should be prevented from working in another part of the EU. Specifically the case meant that, in professional sports, if a sporting club chose a player who resided in the EU, then there could be no law preventing this. For example, a German basketball team could not be prevented from hiring a Greek player since both nations are members of the EU. Moreover, since Kolpak was not from the EU at the time the case was decided, but from a country that had an associate trading relationship,[1] the decision meant that any player from any nation which had such a relationship with the EU could also freely play as a professional.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.06.08 00:25:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • In rugby league and rugby union, the Kolpak ruling has allowed teams to sign many players from Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, all of which are also ACP countries. Many rugby union clubs have also signed South African players under Kolpak. In a related issue, all-time All Blacks (New Zealand) scoring leader Andrew Mehrtens, who was born in Durban, decided to pursue a South African passport when he signed with the English side Harlequins for the 2005-06 National Division One season, as it would enable the club to sign another non-EU and non-Kolpak player.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.06.08 00:26:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • thanks to wikipedia

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.06.08 00:27:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks.

    So there are a few ways around fielding foreign players then.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.06.08 00:29:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    So NZ players count as foreign players but SA players don’t :shock:

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.06.08 00:30:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Newcastle are going to be [email protected] They have already lost some of their better players…both Tait and Flood have deserted the ship and things are looking bleak!

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.06.08 09:08:37 by Villie Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Yip.
    Sa has a trading agreement with the UK, NZ doesnt.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.06.08 11:30:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 8) : surely this flouts the immigration laws?

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.06.08 11:31:40 by robdylan Reply
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