SWITCHED UP: The 14 players who’ll play for new nation at RWC

A Springbok is one of a host of stars who will be representing a second Test nation at the 2src23 RWC starting in France next weekend.

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Prior to all the official squad announcement, as many as 2src players were in line to play for a different Test country at this year’s World Cup than the ones they won their first cap for at international level. 

But now that all 2src squads have been confirmed, only 14 made the cut and Springbok Jean Kleyn is one of them.

At the other end of the spectrum, the biggest personality who qualified to make an allegiance switch but ultimately failed in his bid to win a place in his second nation’s squad is controversial former Wallaby Israel Folau.

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LIST OF PLAYERS WHO’LL REPRESENT A NEW NATION AT RWC

POOL A

Player New nation Former nation
Richard Hardwick Namibia Australia

POOL B

Player New nation Former nation
Jean Kleyn South Africa Ireland
Jack Dempsey South Africa Australia
Adam Coleman Tonga Australia
Malakai Tonga New Zealand
Charles Piutua Tonga New Zealand
George Moala Tonga New Zealand

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