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Fa'atau: From New Zealand to Samoa - with love

Fa'atau: From New Zealand to Samoa - with love

If asked which country has most foreign-born players, many would immediately say New Zealand and start another complaint about poaching, but that is not true, however resentful people may be about All Black success.

New Zealand has more than most but not as many as Samoa which is often thought to be the All Black nursery. Then, too, New Zealand provides the most players for other countries as we list both importing and exporting countries in a kind of log.

There are only two countries who do not have foreign-born players - Georgia and Romania. Italy on the other hand have enough foreign-born players to form a Starting XV. The team with the second most may be of interest.

Foreign-born players by country at the 2007 Rugby World Cup with birthplace in brackets:

Estaban Lozada (Ottignies, Belgium)

Australia: Stephen Moore (Saudi Arabia), Daniel Vickerman (Cape Town, South Africa), George Gregan (Zambia), Lote Tuqiri (Fiji), Guy Shepherdson (Jakarta, Indonesia), Matt Dunning (Calgary, Canada).

Canada: James Pritchard (Parkes, Australia), DHT van der Merwe (Worcester, South Africa), Nick Trenkel (Randburg, South Africa)

England: Mike Catt (Port Elizabeth, South Africa), Perry Freshwater (Wellington, New Zealand), Simon Shaw (Nairobi, Kenya), Matt Stevens (Durban, South Africa)

Fiji: Nicky Little (Tokoroa, New Zealand)

France: Pieter de Villiers (Malmesbury, South Africa), Serge Betsen, (Kumba, Cameroun), Thierry Dusautoir (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire), Yannick Nyanga (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Georgia: -

Ireland: Simon Easterby (Harrogate, England), Ronan O'Gara (San Diego, USA), Frankie Sheahan (Toronto, Canada), Isaac Boss (Tokoroa, New Zealand)

Italy: Carlo Dal Fava (Umtata, South Africa), Rolland de Marigny (Durban South Africa), David Bortolussi (Auch, France), Paul Griffen (Dunedin New Zealand), Josh Sole (Hamilton, New Zealand), Kane Robertson (Auckland, New Zealand), Marko Stanojevic (Birmingham, England), Manoa Vosawai (Fiji) and then the Argentinians: Matias Aguero (Buenos Aires), Gonzalo Córdoba), Martín Castrogiovanni (Parana), Pablo Canavosio (Córdoba), Santiago Dellapè (Mar del Plata), Sergio Parisse (Mar del Plata), Ramiro Pez (Córdoba)

Japan: Chulwon Kim (Seoul, South Korea), Christian Loamanu (Tonga), Luatangi Samurai Vatuvei (Tonga), Luke Thompson (Christchurch, New Zealand), Philip O'Reilly (Hamilton, New Zealand), Bryce Robins (New Plymouth, New Zealand), Hare Makiri (Thames, New Zealand)

Namibia: Lu-Wayne Botes (Johannesburg, South Africa), Johannes Meyer (Bloemfontein, South Africa), Jacques Nieuwenhuis (Brakpan, South Africa), Piet van Zyl (Worcester, South Africa)

New Zealand: Joe Rokocoko (Fiji), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Fiji), Sione Lauaki (Tonga) and the Samoans: Chris Masoe, Rodney So'oialo, Isaia Toeava, Jerry Collins and Mils Muliaina

Portugal: David Penalva (France), André Silva (Paris, France), Juan Severino Somoza (Argentina), Marcello d'Orey (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Romania: -

Samoa: The following were born in NZ - Tanielu Fuga (Auckland), Census Johnston (Auckland), Sailosi Tagicakibau (Auckland), Gavin Williams (Auckland), Leo Lapiali'i (Auckland), Kas Lealamaua (Wellington), Elvis Seveali'i (Wellington), Lome Fa'atau (Wellington), Justin Purdie (Wellington), Kane Thompson (Wellington), Daniel Leo (Palmerston North), Junior Polu (Otahuhu), Justin Va'a (Lower Hutt), Fosi Palaamo (Murupara)

South Africa: Bob Skinstad (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Tonga: Ephraim Taukafa (Aucland, New Zealand)

Scotland: John Barclay (Hong Kong), Nathan Hones (Australia), Dan Parks (Australia), and several from England: Hugo Southwell (London), Andrew Henderson (Chatham), Gavin Kerr (Newcastle), Simon Webster (Hartlepool), Craig Smith (York), Rob Dewey (Marlborough), Jim Hamilton (Swindon)

USA: Takudzwa Ngwenya (Harare, Zimbabwe), Inaki Basauri (Monterrey, Mexico), Philip Eloff (Mossel Bay, South Africa), Chad Erskine (Pietermaritzburg South Africa), Owen Lentz (King William's Town, South Africa), Hayden Mexted (Whakatane , New Zealand), Andrew Osborne (Fiji), and the Tongans: Vahafolau Esikia, Matekitonga Moeakiola, Valenese Malifa, Fifita Mounga, Salesi Sika

Wales: Dafydd James (Lusaka, Zambia), Ian Evans (Johannesburg, South Africa), Sonny Parker (Thames, New Zealand) and from England: Chris Horsman (Newport Pagnell), Colin Charvis (Sutton Coldfield), Will James (Plymouth), Tom Shanklin (Harrow)

That enables us to determine the biggest importers and exporters of rugby players:


1. Italy - 15
2. Samoa - 14
3. USA - 12
4. Scotland - 10
5. New Zealand - 8
6. Australia, Wales - 7
8. Japan - 6
9. England, France, Ireland, Namibia - 4
13. Canada, Portugal - 3
15. Argentina, Fiji, South Africa, Tonga - 1
19. Georgia, Romania - 0


1. New Zealand - 27
2. South Africa - 16
3. England - 13
4. Argentina, Tonga - 8
6. Fiji, Samoa - 5
8. Australia, France - 3
10. Canada, Zambia, Zimbabwe - 2
13. Belgium, Brazil, Cameroun, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Saudi Arabia, USA - 1

Of the countries at the 2007 World Cup the following have no exports - Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Namibia, Portugal, Scotland and Wales

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