The RFU has announced today that they will be reluctant to consider overseas players for England selection after the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Several members of the current squad ply their trade in France, including Tom Palmer, Jonny Wilkinson and James Haskell, and they’ll all face big decisions in the next couple of years.
Rob Andrew was clear in saying that he doesn’t want ‘all of our young English players to go and play overseas’, and made it clear that they would be risking their international careers if they were to do so.
The warning is that any players based outside of England following the next World Cup would only be selected for national duty under “exceptional circumstances”.
Here’s a brief audio clip featuring the RFU Elite Rugby Director speaking on the matter – you can hear the full clip in the RFU Podcast this week.[podcast]/Podcasts/Rob-Andrew.MP3[/podcast]