Thomas Waldrom is England-qualified

Thomas Waldrom

Leicester Tigers Number 8 Thomas Waldrom is England-qualified, according to Martin Crowson’s report in the Leicester Mercury.

Waldrom has discovered an English grandmother, which means he could play for England immediately, rather than having to wait 3 years to qualify on residency.

“I remembered reading somewhere that my grandmother was English, and my wife said she thought she was too. It was mid-afternoon here in England so I rang up my mum in New Zealand, where it was four o’clock in the morning.”

“I apologised for waking her up and asked if nana was born in England. She said yes, and that she also had the birth certificate to prove it.”

Waldrom fancies a spot in England’s Rugby World Cup squad. It’s likely to divide opinion, but given England’s lack of options at Number 8, could it be just what Martin Johnson needs? Would you pick him?

12 thoughts on “Thomas Waldrom is England-qualified

  1. It’s getting all a bit embarrassing isn’t it? We ribbed Scotland and Wales for doing this a decade or so ago. Hape, Flutey, Hartley, Fourie, Stevens and before that Paul, Vainokolo. And in our cricket team KP, Trott, Kieswetter, Dernbach. It was OK when it was the exception like Mike Catt was but I think a line has to be drawn somewhere, perhaps if you have played for an age group team above U18s you can’t change. Granted Tom Palmer and Martin Johnson played for NZ but they probably would have turned it down if it had stopped them playing for England.

    Mind you NZ have been doing it for years with the islanders. But they pick the best island players. We are getting the guys who couldn’t get a cap down under and that’s just embarrassing.

  2. Yeah it’s getting a little embarrassing but I wouldn’t have a problem with it. It’d be good to have a backup number 8, hopefully he’ll make the 50 man training squad…

  3. This is very exciting. Waldrom was one of the best signings of this season in my opinion.

    And I do agree with Stuart, but at least he play’s for an English club!

  4. Think that’s a bit unfair on Hartley as he moved here at 16 and moved up thru local teams and Sussex. Stevens at least has an English father but fair play on the rest – the link is weak to say the least

    That said, I agree with Paddy, James and Will. We’ll take him!

  5. OK, how about if you move here after the age of 18, you can’t qualify on residency. Waldrom would qualify due to his grandmother and Hartley as you say but that would rule out the likes of Paul, Hape and Flutey.

  6. “Mind you NZ have been doing it for years with the islanders. But they pick the best island players. We are getting the guys who couldn’t get a cap down under and that’s just embarrassing.”

    I always find this criticism of NZ funny. Unless they have talent scouts capable of spotting an international rugby player at the age of 3 or less then it doesn’t really ring true. If you look up most NZers who you consider to be from South Sea Islands then many of them have come over in their early years, or at least before they have finished school.

    Dernbach’s a bit harsh too. Came over at age 14 and considers himself fully English.

    Agree with sentiment though.

  7. What’s i find slightly more embarrassing is not the fact he’s a Kiwi, but he wasn’t regarded as a very good Kiwi at all. He made the provincial Wellington side, but only came off the bench for the Hurricanes (wellington super 15 side).

    He was absolutely, no way near an All Blacks jersey, at any point in time.

    Yet some of us are wanting him to walk straight into our England team.

  8. England World Cup Squad Çontains

    Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Hendre Fourie (Sale Sharks), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), Matt Banahan (Bath), Riki Flutey (London Wasps), Shontayne Hape (London Irish), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Simpson (London Wasps), David Strettle (Saracens), Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers),

    Tom Palmer played for NZ schoolboys

    Make you proud to be english eh? More United Nations.

    1. Slightly boring topic now, and some of your list is ridiculous if you think they aren’t English. I’d like to go through every squad to work out which players were born elsewhere, but I can’t be arsed because it really doesn’t matter.

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