Rethinking All Blacks’ Approach to Overseas Stars: The Shocking Truth about Rugby’s Death Threat Problem

All Blacks captain Sam Cane is calling for New Zealand Rugby to reconsider their eligibility rules, given the impact of overseas contracts on Kiwi players next year. Cane and Ardie Savea will still be eligible for the national team despite taking sabbaticals in Japan, but others like Richie Mounga will not. Aaron Smith and Brodie Retallick have also moved to Japan and are unlikely to represent New Zealand again, as has Leicester Fainga’anuku who joined Toulon in France. Cane is worried that while South African players can go play in Japan and still represent the Springboks, New Zealand does not have the same policy. He pointed to several Springboks who have succeeded in this scenario, prompting him to call for a review of New Zealand Rugby’s rules. This issue is not unique to New Zealand, as other nations like England and Australia are also dealing with similar challenges. Additionally, the Australian Rugby CEO confirmed that they will be sticking to their deal to bring in Joseph Suaalii from rugby league, and he may even join the Wallabies for their Spring Tour next year. On a separate note, the recent Rugby World Cup has also brought to light the abuse that referees and players received in the form of death threats and online harassment. This calls for a reevaluation of social media usage and online behavior in the context of sports.