RE: Who is loosing more players SA or NZ
April 25, 2013, 15:53:40
u need to remember that the NZRU dosent pick players based overseas, so if u want to be an All Black, u gotta be based in NZ, this is why the likes of rangers with three test caps, and fruean a fringe All Blacks and a whole plathorea of others stay as long as they do in NZ.
but heres a few names for that list,,,
1. John Afoa (29), john schwalger (29),
3. Carl Hayman (33), neemia tialata (30)
4. anthony borric (29),
5. Paul Tito (34)
6. Jerome Kaino (30), adam thomson (31)
7. daniel braid (31),
8. Xavier Rush (35)
9. jimmy cowan (31), alby mathewson (27),
10. Nick Evans (32), stephen donald (29)
11. Sitiveni Sivivatu (31)/ Rico Gear (35)
12. Luke McAlister (29), benson stanley (28), sonny bill williams (27),
13. isaia toeava (27), richard kahui (27),
14. Joe Rokocoko (29)/Doug Howlett (34), rudi wulf (29)
15. Leon MacDonald (35), mils muliaina (31)
these are a few former All Blacks that i could come up with of the top of my head, if i was to go as far back as when rico gear first left though it would have been an even bigger All Black list, as gear left not long after not making the 2007 RWC squad which IMO was a huge mistake.
also of note is that i didnt select any non All Black players like sean maitland or thomas waldron, the list would have been even bigger and theres also question marks over rene ranger.
i think the trend in NZ tends to be, when they have done their All Black tour of duty, or if they relaise they will never be an incumbent, then they leave NZ shores to look for richer pastures, otherwise the All black dream keeps them around.
SA definately have way more younger players leaving then NZ, not sure of the reason why, but id think its mental and crazy that saffa orn and bred players like timo sweil and cj stander would rather play for other nations, england in timos case and ireland in cjs case. maybe growing up and watching the All blacks dominate the Boks had a negative effect on the young lads??? o_O
in which case beeno1 aka storminged, i apologise for the All blacks being the most dominant force in the world of rugby, :o)