Just as a bit of fun following Olly Kohnâ€™s call up to the Welsh squad through having a Welsh grandmother we thought we would cobble together a fantasy team of Six Nations stars who could have represented other nations.
The Six and Five Nations sides have long used the IRBâ€™s rulings to allow them to play players who might have qualified for other nations more naturally. It has on occasion gone wrong though, such as â€˜Grannygateâ€™ when Walesâ€™ Shane Howarth, among others, was found not to have a Welsh grandmother either.
Scotlandâ€™s David Hilton also found the same problem, his â€˜Glasgow bornâ€™ grandfather turned out to have been born in Bristol. Hilton promptly moved to Glasgow and three years later he played for Scotland again, this time through residency.
So without further ado, here is our â€˜multiple nationalitiesâ€™ XV:Â
1. Vunipola â€“ Tonga (England)
2. Hartley â€“ New Zealand (England)
3. Castrogiovanni â€“ Argentina (Italy)
4. Hamilton â€“ England (Scotland)
5. Kohn â€“ Wales (England)
6. Denton â€“ Zimbabwe (Scotland)
7. Nyanga â€“ Zaire (Now Democratic Republic of Congo) (France)
8. Faletau â€“ Tonga (Wales)
9. Pyrgos â€“ England (Scotland)
10. Trinh-Duc â€“ Vietnam (France)
11. Visser â€“ Netherlands (Scotland)
12. Barritt â€“ South Africa (England)
13. Tuilagi â€“ Samoa (England)
14. Maitland â€“ New Zealand (Scotland)
15. McLean â€“ Australia (Italy)
Not a bad side at all, they would certainly more than hold their own in the Six Nations! What do you think of it, would you change anyone? Let us know through the comment box below.
The Six Nations begins this weekend, the fixtures are:
2/2/13 Wales v Ireland â€“ 13.30
2/2/13 England v Scotland â€“ 16.00
3/2/13 Italy v France â€“ 15.00