13 May 2017

Sport: Fiji says rugby eligibility change makes sense

8:53 am on 13 May 2017

Fiji coach John Mckee says the international eligibility rule change announced by World Rugby is great news for the country's future prospects.

The residency requirement for a player to represent a country had increased from three years to five years, in the hope it would stop the recruitment of players from smaller nations like in the Pacific, to larger, wealthier countries.

Mckee said in the professional era the move to five years makes sense.

"Five years is a long time to wait to see if you make another team, but I feel with three years it has been too easy for almost recruitment to go on and players to be offered incentives to not be available for their country of birth and just to wait for the date they are available for their adopted country," he said.