Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Thursday Mar 14, 2019

The impact Brexit could have on non-European players

The impact Brexit could have on non-European players

With just a few weeks left until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, the political situation in the country may also have an impact on the rugby world, particularly when it comes to player contracts and the allocation of foreign players within UK clubs.

ADVERTISEMENT

Currently, South African players – as well as Fijian, Samoan and Tongan – are able to sign for European clubs and have the same rights to work and move around Europe thanks to the Kolpak ruling, which was handed out in 2003 after a Slovak Handball player, Maroš Kolpak, appealed against being released from his contract after he was deemed to breach a non-European Union player quota while injured.

Supersport’s The Final Whistle discussed the potential ramifications for South Africans specifically, who have a large portion of players in the English Premiership, namely at Saracens and Gloucester. A lot of them may be left in the lurch ahead of the final decision on Brexit at the end of the month.

Non-European player quotas may be imposed, which would limit the amount of foreign players at any given club, increasing the competition for places in squads.

Of course, there may also be a silver lining, as it could allow for more players to ply their trade back home in South Africa, for similar salaries to that of England and France.

It’s no secret that players are attracted by big-name clubs with a healthy budget to boot, but they may now be forced to head to Japan or find some sort of refuge in the Top 14.

ADVERTISEMENT

Upon further inspection, the potential impact for Gallagher Premierships club could be far greater in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Although the RFU has come out to say that any changes to their “Foreign Player” definition will not take place until the end of the 2018-19 season, the transfer window, which typically opens earlier in a World Cup year, may be negatively affected against the English clubs.

A no-deal Brexit is likely to weaken the strength of the Pound Sterling, therefore affecting salaries for players as well as available budgets for clubs. Alongside any potential changes in the allocation of foreign players policy could mean that the power of English clubs is severely diminished.

And add to that, the distinctly grey area of European Professional Club Rugby membership for UK squads. As stated in a recent article on RugbyPass: a no-deal Brexit could mean that players from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland playing in Europe may be classed as “third parties”.

“Interestingly, O’Connor points out that if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, they become a third party. English, Scottish and Welsh players would no longer be classed as ‘European’ by EPCR’s presumed definition in their public rules, and they are not Kolpak players, either. They would, logically, become ‘non-European players’, of which you are only allowed two in matchday 23s.”

ADVERTISEMENT

It remains to be seen how the muddy affair of Brexit will turn out, but there has been at least some good news in that the MPs rejected the UK leaving the EU without a deal by 321 to 278 votes.

The fall-out may take up until the critical date of the 29th March for the fate to be finally decided. And the world of rugby awaits nervously.

Related Articles

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of...

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate...

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    'Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Huge brawl blows up in dugouts during 1999 Wales Test in Buenos Aires

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Liam Williams suspended despite on field protestations

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Kyle Sinkler banned for going full John McEnroe at referee

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Highlights and reaction to Saracens shock defeat to Championship regulars Ealing

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Zebo slams Folau over potential return to rugby union

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Steve Thompson's heartbreaking interview which shocked World Rugby in December

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
The impact Brexit could have on non-European players | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos