Former England back Nathan Hughes has announced that he could be called up by Fiji to play at the test level. World Rugby recently changed the eligibility rules for international competitions. Allowing players who are restricted by Tier 1 countries to represent their country of origin. Provided there has been a three-year suspension. Rugby World Cup Fans can buy France Rugby World Cup Tickets from our website.

Nathan Hughes has announced that he could be called up by Fiji to play at the test level
Nathan Hughes has announced that he could be called up by Fiji to play at the test level

Hughes won the last of 22 appearances for England in March 2019. So he can now in principle play for his native Fiji as long as the World Rugby Union agrees to his plea.

The 30-year-old hopes to be considered for options by Fiji boss Cotter. But admits there is plenty of local competition. Especially as Drua has spent their first season in Super Rugby Pacific.

Hughes was 16 when he first left Fiji and flew to New Zealand on a two-year scholarship at Kelston Boys High School in Auckland. This led to his involvement with the Auckland NPC. After school before accepting an offer to join the Wasps in the Premier League in 2013.

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He was then awarded the award to play for Eddie Jones’s England team under the three-year residency rule. But has not been selected since the Six Nations in 2019. He is one of several Pacific Island players ready to play takes advantage of the new World Eligibility Criteria. At Rugby Test level One now allows players to play for their home country. Although this was previously restricted elsewhere.

Hughes was 16 when he first left Fiji and flew to New Zealand on a two-year
Hughes was 16 when he first left Fiji and flew to New Zealand on a two-year

Going back to play for their nation of the source is a discussion Hughes clarified he’s had with a lot of people. “I talk to a lot of guys. Bristol has a few. You have Charles (Piutau), Roko Semesa Rokoduguni, Stevie (Luatua) in Bath and I think Billy and Mako (Vunipola).

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