‘They have to make one call’: Mal Meninga requires drastic rep overhaul as eligibility debate erupts once more

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has known as for sweeping modifications to Test eligibility guidelines and for the two-tiered system to be abolished.

Under the present worldwide guidelines gamers can symbolize nations in each tier one and tier two, permitting gamers to change allegiances.

As it stands, Australia, England and New Zealand sit in tier one with Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, France and Papua New Guinea holding second tier standing.

Ahead of Australia’s first Pacific Championships conflict with Samoa, a well-known face will take the sphere for the Island nation.

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Twelve months in the past Murray Taulagi featured for the Kangaroos on the World Cup and performed for the Australian PM’s XIII solely three weeks in the past.

He will make his Samoa debut on Saturday and Meninga believes it’s time for the system to vary.

“I don’t believe guys should be able to go back and forth (between countries),” Meninga mentioned to The Courier Mail.

“What I would like to see is that every player nominates which country they want to play for right from their first registration in the NRL. That way, there is no confusion around who they are eligible for.

“When they make the NRL and they have to make a tough decision on Test football, they have to make one call.”

The tiered eligibility system was designed to bolster the taking part in ranks of rising rugby league nations like Samoa and Tonga.

However, Meninga believes the riches of NRL expertise will see a number of gamers nominate to play for his or her nations and groups will stay sturdy.

“I believe they should consider taking away the tier-one and tier-two system,” Meninga mentioned.

“Because the Pacific Nations are going to be bolstered by some great players in our NRL competition.

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“So let’s take out the tiers and then every NRL player has to make one decision for the country they want to play for and stick to it.

“There’s good numbers now in the Samoa and Tonga teams. We want to see competitive Test matches and we’ve got that now.”

As for Origin eligibility, Meninga believes gamers comparable to Jarome Luai, Brian To’o and Stephen Crichton ought to nonetheless be free to play for NSW.

He mentioned he has “no issue” with gamers eligible for Origin additionally representing their nation of heritage.

Source web site: www.foxsports.com.au

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