World Rugby Chair Sir Bill Beaumont wants to press on immediately
with plans to review eligibility rules which could provide a
long-awaited boost for Pacific Island nations.
The former England captain was elected to a second four-year term at the weekend after edging his deputy Agustin Pichot 28-23 in the first round of voting, including with the support of Fiji and Samoa.
Beaumont pledged in his manifesto to conduct a full governance review
of World Rugby, including a possible shake-up of current eligibility
rules, which largely restrict players to representing one nation at test
Sir Bill said he wanted that work to start straight away and believed
his proposal would benefit Pacific Island nations and allow players,
who might have played a sevens tournament or a handful of tests for a
tier one nation, to be able to represent a second national team,
provided they had a passport for that country.
Any changes to eligibility rules would require a two-thirds majority in the World Rugby Council and, while previous attempts have failed, Beaumont said he backed his ability to persuade voting members of his vision.