All Blacks Maintain Selection Ban on Overseas Players Despite Growing Exodus

All Blacks coach Scott Robertson cannot pick overseas-based players for squad at present. New Zealand Rugby does not see the need to change this selection ban. The rule ensures that Test eligibility is confined to home-based players, which some pundits believe is outdated and may harm the world champions in the long term. When Robertson was appointed head coach, he expressed his willingness to select overseas players. However, NZR boss Mark Robinson stated that the matter was not discussed at the governing body’s final board meeting. Despite a number of All Blacks heading abroad after the team’s World Cup final run, the policy was not discussed. Previously, South Africa limited selection to overseas players with at least 30 Test caps but ditched the policy in 2018. The Springboks won the World Cup and defended their title the following year. Australia also has restrictions on picking overseas-based players. Previous coaches were only allowed three picks per series or tournament.