Why cant England,the nation with the largest number of rugby players in the world(by a considerable distance) produce enough home grown players,to make up their national teams?
Since the advent of pro rugby England have constantly had to sign up second generation saffies, or kiwis who've spent enough time in England.
It would seem that there must be something wrong with an underage structure that has the most players in the world yet still has to find players of other nationalities to play for them. Ireland at least have the excuse of being a small nation with a limited base.
You could almost make a strong English team out of all the foreign players that have played for England since the on set of professionalism.
1.Matt Stevens (South Africa)
3.Perry Freshwater (New Zealand)
4. Simon Shaw(its a push,but i cant think of many other second rows!)
6.Hendrie Fourie (South Africa)
8.Dan Ward (New Zealand)
9. Kyran Bracken (Ireland)(Yet again,its a stretch,I know he moved when he was young)
10.Henry Paul (New Zealand)
11.Phil Christophers (Germany!)
12.Shontayne Hape(New Zealand)
13.Riki Flutey(New Zealand)
14.Lesly Vainikolo (Tonga by way of New Zealand)
15. Mike Catt (South Africa)
Then you have players like Stuaty Abbott(South Africa), Nick Abendanon(South Africa), the Armitage boys were born in Trinidad and raised in France!
Feel free to name any others ive missed.