Wales begin review of 60-cap rule

The selection policy came into effect in October 2017
The selection policy came into effect in October 2017
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The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has started officially reviewing the 60-cap rule that is in place for overseas players to be eligible for national selection.

The selection policy was brought into effect in October 2017 with Rhys Webb being the recent high profile casualty of the rule as he moved to Toulon.

Earlier, WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said the rule will be reviewed post the World Cup in Japan and now according to a report in, the process has officially begun with the first step being interaction with the players.

"It’s something that is being reviewed now post World Cup. It’s a case of meeting with the Players' Association and the players themselves to see what they think of it," said WRU chairman Gareth Davies.

"I know there are differing opinions, but I think the 60-cap rule has worked in terms of the retention and repatriation of players in Wales."

Warren Gatland on his exit from head coach role at the conclusion of World Cup in Japan revealed in his autobiography that he wanted the rule for selection of overseas bound players to come down to 30 Tests but could not force it as others felt it would provide a passage for more Wales based players to head to England and France.

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