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?