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RFU offer clubs £16m to halt the foreign invasion

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 29 Aug 2008 at 10:18
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The RFU are to offer a £16million jackpot as an incentive to prevent their Premiership from being swamped by foreign players to the same extent as their footballing counterpart.

Peter Jackson writes for the Daily Mail that the reward money will be available for a seven-year period from next year as an incentive to protect Martin Johnson’s England rescue operation being undermined by an invasion from overseas – a scheme devised to avoid falling foul of European employment law.

Rob Andrew, the RFU’s director of elite rugby, said: ‘The stats show that the Premiership playing population is pretty much 65 per cent English-qualified and 35 per cent non-English qualified.

‘In football, it’s the other way round. If our English-qualified figure starts to fall, then that will begin to affect the national team. There can be no question that is starting to happen in soccer.

‘We are working hard to prevent that happening. We fully intend keeping the percentage of English-qualified at 65 per cent-plus and we intend to do that by providing English players of higher quality.’

From next year, the RFU will pay £210,000-per-club per-season to those whose 22-man squads contain an average of 14 English-qualified players throughout their domestic and European campaigns.

The figure will then rise towards £300,000 for those increasing their match-day English contingent to 15 over the course of the season.

‘Nobody has ever said we don’t want foreign players,’ said Andrew. ‘There have been too many over certain periods but we do not have an issue with quality foreign players. Where we do have an issue is with the run-of-the-mill foreign players who stand in the way of the development of young English players.

‘You look at those Premiership clubs who recognise the benefit of English-qualified players – Leicester and Wasps. Others, like Gloucester, Harlequins and Bath, are moving in that direction.

‘English players, as Wasps showed last season, will be loyal and they will drive a winning culture despite being away on international duty at times during the season.

‘In time, the scheme will have the desired effect because you will have club chief executives and chairmen asking: “Why isn’t our academy producing more quality players?” If you rely too much on foreign players to come for the money, they will take it and go two years down the line. But what will they have left behind?’

Northampton discovered that in painful circumstances two seasons ago. Coincidence or not, their policy of importing a battery of overseas internationals resulted in their relegation.

England, it could be argued, have not been slow to help themselves to the occasional foreigner by stamping a red rose on their cap, including the New Zealand trio of Lesley Vainikolo, Mark van Gisbergen and Henry Paul.

Meanwhile, the mysterious superstar of world rugby, Rupeni Caucaunibuca, is due to land in London this weekend for talks with Leicester, despite having been called ‘a disgrace’ by an international colleague.

The 27-year-old Fijian wing had been due to restart his troubled professional career in Paris with the capital’s second division club Racing Metro and join his try-scoring compatriot, Sereli Bobo. He has accused Caucau of reneging on his contract in France to sign for Leicester instead.

‘It is a disgrace to all Fijian players who have made their mark in the elite French competition,’ said Bobo, a European Cup finalist with Biarritz last year.

‘We are disappointed and, at the same time, embarrassed with his attitude. It is very unprofessional for a player whom the French rugby fans regard as one of the best in the sport.’

Caucau, whose roasting of Gloucester for Agen in a European Cup tie prompted Mike Tindall to describe him as the best player he had ever seen, has returned to club rugby in Fiji since being sacked by Agen last season.

Leicester invited Caucau to spend a week at the club earlier this month but have already been waiting at least 10 days for him to turn up.

Danny Grewcock, Bath’s rugged lock who is 36 in November, will miss the first two months of the season following a biceps operation.


  • First the French and now the English. 😕

    Seems the Saffas may all have to go to Aus or NZ.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.08.08 10:24:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Someone on my forum said he counted something like 35 South Africans that are in the French Top 14 squads

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.08.08 11:00:36 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 2) : Sounds about right Walter, methinks KSA has a list somewhere.

    Still cant get opver seeing Norman Jordaan playing for Toulon the other night.
    Sjoe that Toulon pack kakked against Claremont.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.08.08 11:02:30 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • Leicester invited Caucau to spend a week at the club earlier this month but have already been waiting at least 10 days for him to turn up. 😯 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.08.08 11:02:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : Maybe he is chilling with Sireli somewhere

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.08.08 11:04:37 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.08.08 11:05:38 by McLovin Reply

  • French Top14 teams with SA players in bold.

    Thanks to FullFlashStrip for the info and the following comment I get 31, but there are a couple I may have missed, or associated for their names…

    Bayonne: Denis Avril, Marc Baget, Cédric Bergez, Guillaume Bernad, Rodney Blake, Filimone Bolavucu, Matias Cortese, Jacques Deen, Manuel Edmonds, Pépito Elhorga, Julian Fiorini, Xavier Garbajosa, Cédric Garcia, Sam Gerber, Craig Gower, Dwayne Haare, Arnaud Heguy, Johnny Howard, Aretz Iguiniz, Vincent Inigo, Thibault Lacroix, Nicolas Lafitte, Pierre-Philippe Lafond, Daniel Larrechea, Benjamin Lhande, Rob Linde, Mathieu Maillard, Jean-Joseph Marmouyet, Rémy Martin, Louis Massabeau, Julien Peyras, Julien Puricelli, Andrew Springgay, Mikaera Tewhata, Julien Tilloles
    Coaches: Jean Philippe Coyola, Thierry Mentieres

    Biarritz: Benoît August, Fabien Barcella, Philippe Bidabé, Marcelo Bosch, Benoît Bourrust, Nicolas Brusque, Romain Cabannes, Manuel Carizza, Fabien Cibray, Eduard Coetzee, Valentin Courrent, David Couzinet, Agustín Creevy, Jacques Cronjé, Cesar Damiani, Mohammed Dridi, Henry Fa’afili, Jean Baptiste Gobelet, Trevor Hall, Imanol Harinordoquy, Benoît Lecouls, Magnus Lund, Andrea Masi, Mosese Moala, Takudzwa Ngwenya, Benjamin Noirot, Julien Peyrelongue, Benjamin Thierry Jérôme Thion
    Coaches: Jacques Delmas, John Issac

    Bourgoin: Coenie Basson, Benjamin Boyet, Pablo Cardinali, Rudolf Coetzee, Jean François Coux, Tim Cowley, Yann David, Florian Denos, Damien Fevre, Anthony Forest, Mickaël Forest, Julien Frier, Jean Philippe Genevois, Thomas Genevois, David Janin, Wessel Jooste, Tone Alefa Kopelani, Yann Labrit, Sébastien Laloo, Bogdan Leonte, Camille Levast, Olivier Milloud, Matthieu Nicolas, Morgan Parra, Pascal Peyron, Franck Romanet, Wessel Roux, Arnaud Tchougong, Matias Viazzo, Rémy Vigneaux
    Coaches: Eric Catinot, Xavier Pemeja

    Brive: Horacio Agulla, Simon Azoulay, Aurélien Beco, Régis Bianco, Jean Philippe Bonrepaux, Damien Browne, Kevin Buys, Pierre Capdevielle, Antonie Claasen, Ben Cohen, Ronnie Cooke, Barry Davies, Jawad Djoudi, Fabien Domingo, Fabrice Estebanez, Vincent Forgues, Andy Goode, Pablo Henn, Sukanaivalu Hufanga, Simon Hugues, Pascal Idieder, Ben Johnston, Davit Khinchagishvili, Philip Liebenberg, Norman Ligairi, Lachlan Mackay, Alex Manta, Arnaud Méla, Hugo Mola, Pascal Oliveirinha
    Coaches: Christophe Laussucq, Hugo Mola

    Clermont Auvergne: Fabien Alexandre, Alexandre Audebert, Benoît Baby, Seremaia Baï, Julien Bonnaire, Benoît Cabello, Gonzalo Canale, Thomas Combezou, Jamie Cudmore, Simms Davison, Vincent Debaty, Thomas Domingo, Laurent Emmanuelli, Grant Esterhuizen, Emmanuel Etien, Anthony Floch, Pierre Manuel Garcia, Loic Jacquet, Brock James, Marius Joubert, Mario Ledesma, Mirko Lozupone, Julien Malzieu, Arnaud Mignardi, Pierre Mignoni, Julien Pierre, Thibaut Privat, Aurélien Rougerie, Christophe Samson, Martin Scelzo, John Senio, Elvis Vermeulen??
    Coach: Josef Schmidt

    Dax: Florian Argel, Olivier August, Mattin Auzqui, Duncan Bell, Mickaël Bert, William Bonet, Lucas Borges, Jannie Bornman, David Bortolussi, Renaud Boyoud, Julien Brugnaut, Pierre Caillet, Ludovic Courtade, Nicolas Decamps, Vincent Deniau, Laurent Diaz, Irakli Giorgadze, Cédric Guironnet, Bruno Hiriart, Jimmy Jaen, Joel Koffi, Kasiano Lealamanua, Mathieu Lièvremont, Laurent Marticoréna, Federico Martin Aramburu, Anthony Mazel, Nicolas Morlaes, Neumi Nanuku
    Coaches: Thomas Lièvremont, Laurent Mazas, Christophe Milheres

    Mont-de-Marsan: Bernard Arrayet, Rudolphe Berek, Roland Bernard, Cyriel Blanchard, Patrick Blanco, Jérôme Carre, Florent Cazeaux, Baptiste Chedal Bornu, Damien Cler, Ben Coutts, Jérôme Dhien, Lionel Duthil, Nicolas Etcheverry, Alban Genthieu, Marc Giraud, Pieter Grobler??, Yannick Lafforgue, Romain Lauga, Guillaume Leleu, Trevor Leota, Nicolas Leroux, Matthieu Lopez, Franck Marechal, Timoci Matanavou, Jean Marc Mazzonetto, Jeandre Mynhardt, Sébastien Ormaechea, Frederick Rawls, Dimitri Senio, Murphy Taele, Luke Tait
    Coaches: Marc Dal Maso, Stéphane Prosper

    Montauban: Nick Adams, Gregory Arganese, Yoan Audrin, Julien Audy, Miguel Boris Avramovic, Florin Bogdanel Balan, Antoine Battut, Abdellatif Boutaty, Yannick Caballero, Jean-Emmanuel Cassin, Matthew Clarkin, Fabrice Culinat, Johan Dalla Riva, Vilimoni Delasau, Laurent Delboulbès, Ibrahim Diarra, Adrien Figueiredo, Silviu Florea, Fabien Fortassin, Roman Frost, Karim Ghezal, Rida Jahouer, Sylvain Jonnet, Julien Laharague, Régis Lespinas, Brice Mach, Petre Mitu, Scott Murray, Shannon Paku,, Pukeiti Mangahao, Marc Raynaud, Matthias Rolland, Cédric Rosalen
    Coaches: Laurent, Labit, Laurent Travers

    Montpellier: Jean-Matthieu Alcalde, Clement Baiocco, Vassili Bost, Santiago Bottini, Jacques Boussuge, Thierry Brana, Warren Britz, Joan Caudullo, Didier Chouchan, Manoël Dall’igna, Bruce Douglas, Mamuka Gorgodze, Benjamin Goze, Drikus Hancke??, Sébastien Kuzbik, Mickaël Ladhuie, Na’ama Leleimalefaga, Jaco Lubbe, Michel Macurdy, Justin Marshall, Mark McHugh, Sylvain Mirande, Sébastien Petit, Grant Rees, Fabien Rofes, Olivier Sarramea, Jacques Schutte, Oliver Smith, Danie Thiart, Federico Todeschini
    Coaches: Didier Bes, Alain Hyardet, Didier Nourault, Eric Tissot

    Perpignan: :Rimas Alvarez Kairelis, Sébastien Bozzi, Gerrie Britz, Philip Burger, Julien Candelon, Daniel Carter, Sébastien Chobet, Damien Chouly, Chris Cusiter, Nicolas Durand, Perry Freshwater, Jean Philippe Grandclaude, Guilhem Guirado, Nathan Hines, Gavin Hume, Nicolas Laharrague, Gregory Le Corvec, Christophe Manas, David Marty, Nicolas Mas, David Mélé, Maxime Mermoz, Steve Meyer, Samuel Naulu, Olivier Olibeau, Jean-Pierre Perez, Adrien Plante, Jérôme Porical KisI Pulu
    Coaches: Franck Azema, Jacques Brunel, Bernard Goutta

    Stade Français: Alexandre Albouy, Julien Arias, David Attoub, David Auradou, Lionel Beauxis, Mauro Bergamasco, Mirco Bergamasco, Mathieu Blin, Guillaume Bousses, Ignacio Corleto, Pierre Correia, Denys Drozdz, Mark Gasnier, Stéphane Glas, Juan Hernández, Nicolas Jeanjean, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Brian Liebenberg, Arnaud Marchois, Sylvain Marconnet, Geoffroy Messina, Franck Montanella, Noel Oelschig, Pascal Papé, Sergio Parisse, Pierre Rabadan, Rodrigo Roncero, Julien Saubade, Laurent Sempere, Dimitri Szarzewski
    Coaches: Ewen McKenzie, Christophe Dominici, Fabrice Landreau

    Toulon: Orene Ai’i, Marc Andreu, Fotunuupule Auelua, David Banquet, Benjamin Basteres, Cédric Beal, Ben Castle, Julien Chouquet, Jerry Collins, Santiago Dellapè, Sébastien Fauqué, Jérôme Filitoga, Philip Fitzgerald, Alessio Galasso, Olvier Grimaud, Matthew Henjak, Martin Jagr, Norman Jordaan, Mafileo Kefu, Sisaro Koyamaibole, Davit Kubriashvili, Gregory Labadze, Mathieu Larrouy, Tiaan Liebenberg, Gabiriele Lovobalavu, Esteban Lozada, Yoann Maestri, Kiri Mariner, Olivier Missoup, Ramiro Pez, Tusi Pisi, Guillaume Ribes, Luke Rooney, Jérémy Sinzelle, Ross Skeate, Thomas Sourice, Jocelino Suta, Saimone Taumoepeau, Soane Toevalu , Joe Van Niekerk, Thomas Vervoort, Damien Vidal, Sonny Bill Williams, Khaled Zagar
    Coach: Jean-Jacques Crenca

    Toulouse: Manu Ahotaeiloa, Patricio Albacete, Jean Bouilhou, Vincent Clerc, Yves Donguy, Thierry Dusautoir, Gaffie du Toit, Jean Baptiste Elissalde, Florian Fritz, Cédric Heymans, Daan Human, Yannick Jauzion, Byron Kelleher, Maleli Kunavore, Virgile Lacombe, Gregory Lamboley, Julien Ledevec, Finau Maka, Maxime Medard, Frederic Michalak, Romain Millo-Chlusky, Yohan Montes, Yannick Nyanga, Fabien Pelous, Salvatore Perugini, Clement Poitrenaud, Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, David Skrela, Shaun Sowerby
    Coaches: Yannick Bru, Guy Novès, Thomas Philippe Rouge

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.08.08 13:22:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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