Premiership clubs look to increase the overseas player quota next season - reports

Premiership clubs look to increase the overseas player quota next season - reports

Premiership clubs are looking to increase the overseas player quota next season to offset the loss of Kolpak stars after Brexit according to a report in the Daily Mail.


From December 31 a number of players from Premiership players from South Africa, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa will lose their right to work in the UK as the 2003 EU Association Agreement will not apply at the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

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The current rules limit Premiership club to having two overseas players in their 23-man match-day squads, and over the course of the 22-match campaign they must have an average of at least 15 English qualified players in their squad to qualify for a bonus paid by the RFU as part of the Professional Game Agreement.

A number of clubs are understood to have lobbied Premiership Rugby Limited for the right to play more foreign stars next season, and they have passed on their request to the RFU, who control player registration. 

 

'Player registration rules sit with the RFU and we have confirmed that there will be no changes this season,' an RFU spokesperson said. 

 

'We are working with key stakeholders to understand what the transition arrangements and new processes will be. We will have time to work through any implications for next season.' 

 

 

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