Lomu, the Bachop brothers, Bunce, Tuigamala, Brown, Ieremia, Kronfeld, Cullen, Tonuu, Maka are all New Zealand born and raised with their rugger talent developed 100 per cent by the NZRFU. In fact, any raiding is coming from the opposite direction with a popular Samoan side (coached by that All Black great, Brian Williams) now providing an increasingly attractive alternative path to competitive international rugby for many New Zealand born-and-raised and NZRFU-developed laddies for whom in many cases the islands of their ancestors are nothing more than a place for a nice holiday.
Given our miserable international season we could have done with Leaupepe, Leota etc.
Now about those Nigerians, Adebayo, Harriman, Ubogu... Just think how well a team from this African state could have performed at the last couple of World Cups if England hadn't poached them...?
Andrew P Nichols
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