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    Players from 'Tier 2' nations playing in Europe (2016/2017)

    Pretty interesting list


    A country by country breakdown of the 350+ players from nations outside Tier 1 currently playing for clubs in one of the 5 fully professional leagues in Europe (Premiership, Championship, Top 14, Pro D2 and Pro12).

    Note: This list needs to be considered with the following in mind. This is just a list of players who were either (a) born in the country or (b) represented the country at any level and (c) made their senior first team debut at club level for any club. Players who have represented another nation, like Tim Visser (Dutchman who plays for Scotland), are not included.

    http://tier2rugby.blogspot.com.au/20...laying-in.html

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    Wow! We all know PI nations players are everywhere. Still the numbers are staggering. Ditto Georgia. Other surprises, to me anyhoo were Spain and South America (thought there'd be more from the latter).

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    I thought it interesting that out of all the Fijians there they'd actually struggle to make a complete team. Unlike Samoa and Tonga.

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    No Argentinians? Have they all moved back to the Jaguars and Super Rugby?

    Plus, Georgia! 20 tightheads, 19 of which are playing in the top two French divisions, 8 looseheads and three hookers!

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    word on the street suggests Georgian hookers are overpriced and overrated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    No Argentinians? Have they all moved back to the Jaguars and Super Rugby?

    Plus, Georgia! 20 tightheads, 19 of which are playing in the top two French divisions, 8 looseheads and three hookers!
    Argentina is a Tier 1 nation Sheikh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    word on the street suggests Georgian hookers are overpriced and overrated
    Considering some of the streets you walk on your golf trips, I'm not surprised you'd be across that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yungfen View Post
    Argentina is a Tier 1 nation Sheikh!
    Oops! Although, looking at the squad Argentina used for the Rugby Championship, every player was a member of the Jaguars except Cubelli (Brumbies) and four young forwards who are with Universiterio Buenos Aires, Duendes, Cordoba and Rosario

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    Oops! Although, looking at the squad Argentina used for the Rugby Championship, every player was a member of the Jaguars except Cubelli (Brumbies) and four young forwards who are with Universiterio Buenos Aires, Duendes, Cordoba and Rosario
    I think that the Argentinians have changed their policy to only have super rugby players as being eligible for selection.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/...eam-Pumas.html

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    and it also appears to be another overlooked opportunity to add to the EPS or future force...

    you'd have thought with all the ARU talk & injection of cash *scoffs* it would have been one of the most logical step for medium - longer term player development.

    (here's hoping to be being proven wrong though!)

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