Friday, 4 December 2015

Players from 'Tier 2' nations playing in Europe (2015/2016)

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For the 2015/16 season there are right now around 354 players from 31 nations outside Tier 1 playing for clubs in the 5 fully professional leagues in Europe (Premiership, Championship, Top 14, Pro D2 and Pro12), plus at least another 50+ in Espoirs squads in France. Here is a breakdown country by country of those players.


Note: This list needs to be considered with the following in mind. This is just a list of players who were either (a) born in the country or (b) represented the country at any level and (c) made their senior first team debut at club level for any club.

It doesn't include all eligible players as it would be impossible to know every single potentially eligible player, for example last year nobody knew Richard Thorpe was Canadian qualified.

It also doesn't include players who have represented another nation, like Tim Visser (Dutchman who plays for Scotland), Vincent Debaty (Belgian who plays for France) or Semesa Rokoduguni (Fijian who plays for England) for example.

This list also may not be complete, particularly in regards to Espoirs in France where most clubs do not provide squad lists. There's a pretty comprehensive list of Georgian Espoirs, but not so for most other nations. There are likely many Espoirs missing, particularly from Fiji, of which I could only find about 15 but it would not be surprising if there considerably more. It is only really in France where young overseas players are signed aged around 18-21 for Espoirs squads.

Africa (25)
Algeria Algeria (3)
Tighthead Prop
Sofiane Chellat
12/01/1990
Montauban
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Malik Hamadache
13/11/1987
Albi
Pro D2
Flanker
Said Hireche
27/05/1985
Brive
Top 14
Notes: Caps for Algeria do not lock eligibility as they are not a full WR member. All 3 of the Algerian internationals playing in pro leagues are French of Algerian descent. There are a number of other players of Algerian descent who could potentially play for them.

Cameroon Cameroon (4)
Loosehead Prop
Arsene Nnomo
06/08/1980
Agen
Top 14
Lock
Gambo Adamou
05/02/1986
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Lock
Christian Njewel
22/03/1990
Lyon
Pro D2
Lock
Robins Tchale-Watchou
10/05/1983
Montpellier
Top 14

Ivory Coast Ivory Coast (3)
Lock
Evrard Oulai
22/06/1993
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Number 8
Bakary Meite
30/09/1983
Béziers
Pro D2
Wing
Silvere Tian
19/07/1980
Oyonnax
Top 14

Morocco Morocco (4)
Hooker
Mohamed Kribache
08/06/1988
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Hooker
Jalil Narjissi
18/01/1980
Agen
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Mohamed Ben Bouhout
03/06/1978
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Lock
Abdellatif Boutaty
04/06/1983
Pau
Top 14

Namibia Namibia (5)
Lock
Anton Bresler
16/02/1988
Edinburgh
Pro12
Flanker
Jacques Burger
29/07/1983
Saracens
Premiership
Number 8
PJ van Lill
04/12/1983
Bayonne
Pro D2
Wing
Conrad Marais
26/04/1989
Béziers
Pro D2
Full Back
Chrysander Botha
13/07/1988
Exeter
Premiership
Notes: Bresler is a 'project player' at Edinburgh so highly unlikely to play for Namibia.

Nigeria Nigeria (1)
Wing
Niyi Adeolokun
03/11/1990
Connacht
Pro12
Notes: Adeolokun was born in Nigeria but moved to Ireland aged 11 and highly unlikely ever to play for them. There are numerous other players of Nigerian descent particularly in England but with rules on amount of English qualified players in squads and the weakness of Nigerian rugby means none ever play for them.

 Senegal (1)
Loosehead Prop
Ousmane N’Diaye
27/02/1988
Provence
Pro D2
Espoirs: Abdelkarim Fofana (number 8, Brive)
Tunisia Tunisia (1)
Wing
Sabri Gmir
14/02/1986
Béziers
Pro D2

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (3)
Lock
Mike Williams
04/11/1991
Leicester
Premiership
Flanker
Don Armand
23/09/1988
Exeter
Premiership
Flanker
Marco Mama
23/07/1991
Worcester
Premiership
Notes: All 3 players are keeping their eligibility open with the view of following Dave Ewers to England colours and are highly unlikely to be available for Zimbabwe any time soon.

Asia (1)

Japan Japan (1)
Centre
Christian Loamanu
13/05/1986
Leicester
Premiership
Notes: Loamanu was banned for life from Japanese rugby in 2009 and although the ban has now been lifted, it appears to have been done so in name only.

Europe (100)
Belgium Belgium (4)
Tighthead Prop
Jean-Baptiste de Clercq
23/02/1994
Stade Français
Top 14
Scrum Half
Julien Berger
10/01/1990
Provence
Pro D2
Centre
Guillaume Piron
09/04/1992
Colomiers
Pro D2
Centre
Jens Torfs
26/05/1992
Perpignan
Pro D2
Notes: de Clercq despite playing for numerous Belgian age grade sides trained with France U20 this year and aims to follow Belgium's best known professional Vincent Debaty into French colours.

Cyprus Cyprus (1)
Lock
Chris Dicomidis
14/09/1985
Cardiff Blues
Pro12
Notes: Caps for Cyprus do not lock eligibility as they are not a full WR member. Dicomidis is from Wales but played for Cyprus via heritage.

Czech Republic Czech Republic (1)
Loosehead Prop
Lukas Rapant
16/11/1982
Oyonnax
Top 14

 Georgia (40)
Loosehead Prop
Karlen Asieshvili
21/04/1987
Brive
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Astamour Iosseliani
10/11/1991
Narbonne
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Vasil Kakovin
01/12/1989
Toulouse
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Davit Khinchagishvili
24/07/1982
Racing
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Misha Nariashvili
25/05/1990
Montpellier
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Val Rapava Ruskin
12/10/1992
Worcester
Premiership
Loosehead Prop
Goderzi Shvelidze
17/04/1978
Brive
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Giorgi Tetrashvili
01/08/1993
Agen
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Giorgi Zakashvili
17/12/1989
Provence
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Zurab Zhvania
23/09/1991
Stade Français
Top 14
Hooker
Jaba Bregvadze
23/04/1987
Worcester
Premiership
Hooker
Shalva Mamukashvili
02/10/1990
Glasgow
Pro12
Hooker
Iuri Natriashvili
25/01/1984
Toulon
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Gagi Bazadze
12/09/1992
La Rochelle
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Levan Chilachava
17/08/1991
Toulon
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Giorgi Jgenti
13/11/1985
Brive
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Lekso Kaulashvili
27/08/1992
La Rochelle
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Nikoloz Khatiashvili
22/05/1992
Aurillac
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Kakhaber Koberidze
15/04/1985
Tarbes
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Davit Kubriashvili
12/03/1986
Montpellier
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Elizbar Kuparadze
02/04/1984
Dax
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Giorgi Mchedlishvili
31/10/1986
Perpignan
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Giorgi Melikidze
24/05/1996
Stade Français
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Irakli Mirtskhulava
22/12/1988
Tarbes
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Giorgi Natsarashvili
01/04/1985
Pau
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Zaza Navrozashvili
27/07/1992
Lyon
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Anton Peikrishvili
18/09/1987
Bayonne
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Tato Ratianidze
05/01/1980
Narbonne
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Beka Sheklashvili
06/07/1986
Albi
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Davit Zirakashvili
10/10/1983
Clermont
Top 14
Lock
Levan Datunashvili
18/01/1983
Aurillac
Pro D2
Lock
Vakhtang Maisuradze
11/03/1987
Albi
Pro D2
Lock
Kote Mikautadze
01/07/1991
Toulon
Top 14
Lock
Giorgi Nemsadze
26/09/1984
Tarbes
Pro D2
Flanker
Mamuka Gorgodze
14/07/1984
Toulon
Top 14
Flanker
Vito Kolelishvili
09/10/1989
Clermont
Top 14
Number 8
Dimitri Basilaia
27/11/1985
Perpignan
Pro D2
Number 8
Lasha Lomidze
30/06/1992
Béziers
Pro D2
Centre
Merab Sharikadze
17/05/1993
Aurillac
Pro D2
Wing
Tamaz Mchedlidze
17/03/1993
Agen
Top 14
Espoirs: There are at least a further 19 Georgians in Espoirs squads in France. That is largely due to the fact that the U20 side that dominated the World Rugby U20 Trophy this year was soon raided by French clubs. 12 forwards from that squad now have contracts in France, although only Melikidze (Stade Français) as of yet has made his first team debut.
Notes: Natriashvili is only a medical joker at Toulon. There are strong rumours circling that scrum half Vasil Lobzhanidze may sign for Brive. Val Rapava Ruskin, former U20 player for Georgia, has said he wants to stay eligible for England for the moment.

Germany Germany (3)
Hooker
Rob Elloway
09/11/1983
Cornish Pirates
Championship
Tighthead Prop
Damien Tussac
02/01/1988
Montauban
Pro D2
Fly Half
Chris Hilsenbeck
10/01/1992
Colomiers
Pro D2
Notes: Elloway is from England and played via heritage only fleetingly appeared for Germany a few years ago. Tussac from France and played via heritage, by contrast, has been a regular for several years.

Lithuania Lithuania (1)
Lock
Karolis Navickas
09/04/1990
Provence
Pro D2

Moldova Moldova (3)
Loosehead Prop
Max Cobilas
12/08/1986
Sale
Premiership
Tighthead Prop
Dmitri Arhip
12/11/1988
Ospreys
Pro12
Tighthead Prop
Vadim Cobilas
30/07/1983
Sale
Premiership

Netherlands Netherlands (1)
Flanker
Zeno Kieft
02/02/1991
La Rochelle
Top 14
Notes: Netherlands best known professional player is Tim Visser representing Scotland.

Norway Norway (1)
Lock
Erik Lund
03/07/1979
Biarritz
Pro D2

Portugal Portugal (13)
Loosehead Prop
Francisco Domingues
19/12/1993
Provence
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Francisco Fernandes
06/09/1985
Béziers
Pro D2
Hooker
Mike Tadjer
10/03/1989
Agen
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Anthony Alves
23/06/1989
Aurillac
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Geoffrey Moise
20/08/1991
Pau
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Cristian Spachuk
14/02/1981
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Lock
David Penalva
26/01/1980
Narbonne
Pro D2
Flanker
Julien Bardy
03/04/1985
Clermont
Top 14
Flanker
Aurelien Beco
12/03/1986
Colomiers
Pro D2
Scrum Half
Fabio da Silva
09/01/1986
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Scrum Half
Samuel Marques
08/12/1988
Pau
Top 14
Centre
Jose Lima
24/04/1992
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Full Back
Pedro Bettencourt
18/11/1994
Clermont
Top 14
Notes: Lock Sebastien de Chaves (Leicester) is still eligible but does not want to play for Portugal yet. There are likely more Portuguese eligible players from France who could still play for Portugal.

Romania Romania (12)
Loosehead Prop
Ionel Badiu
29/07/1989
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Mihai Lazar
29/10/1986
Castres
Top 14
Hooker
Otar Turashvili
14/07/1986
Colomiers
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Paulica Ion
10/01/1983
Perpignan
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Horatiu Pungea
18/02/1986
Oyonnax
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Andrei Ursache
10/05/1984
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Lock
Marius Antonescu
09/08/1992
Tarbes
Pro D2
Lock
Alin Coste
28/02/1987
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Flanker
Mihai Macovei
29/10/1986
Colomiers
Pro D2
Flanker
Valentin Ursache
12/08/1985
Oyonnax
Top 14
Number 8
Ovidiu Tonita
06/08/1980
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Full Back
Catalin Fercu
05/09/1986
Saracens
Premiership
Espoirs: Adrian Motoc (lock, Racing), Vlad Nistor (flanker, Castres)
Notes: French born loosehead Tudor Stroe (Tarbes) has stated a desire to play for Romania. Another Romanian eligible French player, centre Atila Septar (Brive), has refused Romanian selection in the past but is rumoured to be reconsidering.

Russia Russia (3)
Lock
Kirill Kulemin
13/10/1980
Perpignan
Pro D2
Lock
Andrei Ostrikov
02/07/1987
Sale
Premiership
Lock
Serge Sergueev
26/12/1987
Montauban
Pro D2
Espoirs: Philipp Savikhin (number 8, Aurillac)
Notes: Sergueev played for Russia back in 2010 but has been absent ever since for some reason. Lock Russlan Boukerou (Tarbes) is still Russian eligible but not yet decided to commit to them.

Spain Spain (16)
Hooker
Benat Auzqui
01/08/1983
Bordeaux-Bègles
Top 14
Hooker
Marco Ferrer
11/11/1987
Béziers
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Jonathan Garcia
16/04/1983
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Jesus Moreno Rodriguez
24/01/1986
Provence
Pro D2
Flanker
Gautier Gibouin
24/03/1989
Montauban
Pro D2
Flanker
Asier Usarraga
31/12/1994
Biarritz
Pro D2
Flanker
Thibaut Visensang
09/01/1991
Bayonne
Pro D2
Scrum Half
Guillaume Rouet
13/08/1988
Bayonne
Pro D2
Scrum Half
Sebastien Rouet
19/02/1985
Narbonne
Pro D2
Fly Half
Mathieu Belie
20/02/1988
Perpignan
Pro D2
Fly Half
Charly Malie
05/11/1991
Pau
Top 14
Fly Half
Christopher Ruiz
29/05/1984
Narbonne
Pro D2
Centre
Fabien Grammatico
16/05/1985
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Wing
Sebastien Ascarat
30/05/1988
Montauban
Pro D2
Full Back
Sergi Aubanell
04/09/1989
Aurillac
Pro D2
Full Back
Mathieu Peluchon
23/06/1987
Albi
Pro D2
Espoirs: Xerom Civil, Angel Durango (tighthead, Bordeaux-Bègles), Lucas Paulos Adler (lock, Mont-de-Marsan) are at least 3 Spanish Espoirs in France there may well be more.
Notes: There are likely numerous more French born Spanish eligible players not on this list who could still play for Spain.

North America (36)
Canada Canada (22)
Tighthead Prop
Jason Marshall
05/02/1985
Agen
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
Andrew Tiedemann
21/07/1988
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Lock
Brett Beukeboom
13/08/1990
Cornish Pirates
Championship
Lock
Jamie Cudmore
06/09/1978
Clermont
Top 14
Lock
Tyler Hotson
30/05/1985
Doncaster
Championship
Lock
Jon Phelan
20/01/1986
Doncaster
Championship
Lock
Cam Pierce
26/10/1991
Pau
Top 14
Flanker
Justin Blanchet
25/08/1993
Bedford
Championship
Flanker
Aaron Flagg
18/06/1989
Moseley
Championship
Flanker
Kyle Gilmour
26/01/988
Rotherham
Championship
Flanker
Jebb Sinclair
08/04/1986
London Irish
Premiership
Flanker
Richard Thorpe
01/11/1984
London Welsh
Championship
Number 8
Tyler Ardron
09/03/1991
Ospreys
Pro12
Number 8
Aaron Carpenter
01/09/1983
Cornish Pirates
Championship
Centre
Ciaran Hearn
30/12/1985
London Irish
Premiership
Centre
Shane O’Leary
12/03/1993
Connacht
Pro12
Wing
Matt Evans
02/01/1988
Cornish Pirates
Championship
Wing
Jeff Hassler
21/08/1991
Ospreys
Pro12
Wing
Phil Mackenzie
25/02/1987
Sale
Premiership
Wing
Taylor Paris
06/10/1992
Agen
Top 14
Wing
DTH van der Merwe
28/04/1986
Scarlets
Pro12
Full Back
James Pritchard
21/07/1979
Bedford
Championship
Espoirs: Matt Tierney (tighthead, Pau), George Barton (centre, Clermont)
Notes: O'Leary is from Ireland but played for Canada U20, he is highly unlikely to actually play for Canada in the short term at least. Djustice Sears-Duru was given a one month contract with Leicester but there's been nothing heard since.

United States USA (14)
Loosehead Prop
Eric Fry
14/09/1987
Newcastle
Premiership
Tighthead Prop
Titi Lamositele
02/10/1995
Saracens
Premiership
Tighthead Prop
Dave Ryan
21/04/1986
Agen
Top 14
Lock
Samu Manoa
05/03/1985
Toulon
Top 14
Lock
Greg Peterson
26/03/1991
Glasgow
Pro12
Lock
Hayden Smith
10/04/1985
Saracens
Premiership
Flanker
Cam Dolan
07/03/1990
Cardiff Blues
Pro12
Number 8
Todd Clever
16/01/1983
Newcastle
Premiership
Scrum Half
Tom Bliss
12/03/1993
Ealing
Championship
Fly Half
Aj MacGinty
26/02/1990
Connacht
Pro12
Centre
Thretton Palamo
22/09/1988
London Welsh
Championship
Wing
Takudzwa Ngwenya
22/07/1985
Biarritz
Pro D2
Wing
Blaine Scully
29/02/1988
Cardiff Blues
Pro12
Wing
Chris Wyles
12/02/1983
Saracens
Premiership
Espoirs: Victor Comptat (lock, Brive), Christian Ostberg (lock, Aurillac), Mose Fualaau (centre, Clermont)
Notes: Ryan is from Ireland but is US eligible and was called into a squad in 2012 but withdrew so not to risk contract in Pro12. There is some confusion around whether Georgian tighthead Gagi Bazadze may be US eligible, having been a member of an U20 squad in 2012 (but not actually playing), but nobody seems to know.

Oceania (188)
Cook Islands Cook Islands (2)
Loosehead Prop
Stan Wright
29/09/1978
Oyonnax
Top 14
Flanker
Steven Setephano
15/08/1984
Grenoble
Top 14
Notes: Wright was stated to be RWC cover but has stayed around a while longer.

Fiji Fiji (86)
Loosehead Prop
Campese Ma’afu
19/12/1984
Provence
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Jerry Yanuyanutawa
19/12/1984
Glasgow
Pro12
Hooker
Sunia Koto
15/04/1980
Narbonne
Pro D2
Hooker
Talemaitoga Tuapati
16/08/1984
Provence
Pro D2
Hooker
Viliame Veikoso
04/04/1982
Doncaster
Championship
Tighthead Prop
Manasa Saulo
06/04/1989
Toulon
Top 14
Lock
Tevita Cavubati
12/08/1987
Worcester
Premiership
Lock
Kemueli Lavetanakoroi
24/02/1994
Béziers
Pro D2
Lock
Wame Lewaravu
24/09/1983
Colomiers
Pro D2
Lock
Api Naikatini
04/04/1985
Agen
Top 14
Lock
Leone Nakarawa
02/04/1988
Glasgow
Pro12
Lock
Rupeni Nasiga
08/10/1985
Provence
Pro D2
Lock
Jone Qovu
26/07/1985
La Rochelle
Top 14
Lock
Api Ratuniyarawa
11/07/1986
Agen
Top 14
Lock
Nemia Soqeta
04/03/1985
Biarritz
Pro D2
Flanker
Josefa Domolailai
11/12/1985
Pau
Top 14
Flanker
Dominiko Waqaniburotu
20/04/1986
Brive
Top 14
Flanker
Peceli Yato
17/01/1993
Clermont
Top 14
Number 8
Ifereimi Boladau
21/09/1986
Ospreys
Pro12
Number 8
Nathan Hughes
10/06/1990
Wasps
Premiership
Number 8
Aisea Koliavu
15/01/1991
Dax
Pro D2
Number 8
Sisa Koyamaibole
06/03/1980
Brive
Top 14
Number 8
Masi Matadigo
08/08/1982
Lyon
Pro D2
Number 8
Netani Talei
19/03/1983
Harlequins
Premiership
Number 8
Akapusi Qera
24/04/1984
Montpellier
Top 14
Scrum Half
Nikola Matawalu
08/03/1989
Bath
Premiership
Centre
Seremaia Bai
04/01/1979
Leicester
Premiership
Centre
Levani Botia
28/04/1988
La Rochelle
Top 14
Centre
Seremaia Burotu
19/07/1987
Biarritz
Pro D2
Centre
Isikeli Davetawalu
22/03/1991
Albi
Pro D2
Centre
Adriu Delai
11/06/1984
Mont-de-Marsan
Pro D2
Centre
Ravai Fatiaki
01/02/1987
Worcester
Premiership
Centre
Sevenaia Galala
29/01/1993
Brive
Top 14
Centre
Nasoni Kunavore
30/07/1993
Albi
Pro D2
Centre
Gabiriele Lovobalavu
20/07/1985
Bayonne
Pro D2
Centre
Josh Matavesi
05/10/1990
Ospreys
Pro12
Centre
Apisai Naqalevu
21/09/1989
Dax
Pro D2
Centre
Eroni Narumasa
21/05/1989
Agen
Top 14
Centre
Leone Ravuetaki
10/03/1986
Narbonne
Pro D2
Centre
Waisale Sukanaveita
19/07/1984
Lyon
Pro D2
Centre
Jale Vatubua
30/08/1991
Pau
Top 14
Centre
Albert Vuli Vuli
26/05/1985
Clermont
Top 14
Wing
Malakai Bakaniceva
06/05/1985
Brive
Top 14
Wing
Sireli Bobo
28/01/1976
Pau
Top 14
Wing
Ilikena Bolakoro
28/10/1987
Colomiers
Pro D2
Wing
Junior Bulumakau
27/02/1991
Glasgow
Pro12
Wing
Sakiusa Bureitakiyaca
02/10/1992
Dax
Pro D2
Wing
Andrea Cocagi
01/03/1994
Tarbes
Pro D2
Wing
Esava Delai
07/09/1987
Dax
Pro D2
Wing
Niki Goneva
05/04/1984
Leicester
Premiership
Wing
Randall Kamea
03/01/1987
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Wing
Semi Kunatani
27/10/1990
Toulouse
Top 14
Wing
Benito Masilevu
07/10/1989
Brive
Top 14
Wing
Timoci Matanavou
08/07/1984
Toulouse
Top 14
Wing
Ledua Mau
16/02/1993
Albi
Pro D2
Wing
Timoci Nagusa
14/07/1985
Montpellier
Top 14
Wing
Evi Naioko
23/10/1990
Provence
Pro D2
Wing
Filipo Nakosi
08/04/1992
Agen
Top 14
Wing
Napolioni Nalaga
07/04/1986
Lyon
Pro D2
Wing
Aisea Natoga
07/09/1990
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Wing
Sakiusa Navakadretia
03/06/1985
Narbonne
Pro D2
Wing
Waisea Nayacalevu
26/06/1990
Stade Français
Top 14
Wing
Maritino Nemani
25/05/1991
Grenoble
Top 14
Wing
Josaia Raisuqe
22/07/1994
Stade Français
Top 14
Wing
Alivereti Raka
09/12/1994
Clermont
Top 14
Wing
Ropate Ratu
01/03/1985
Mont-de-Marsan
Pro D2
Wing
Mosese Ratuvou
31/03/1983
Pau
Top 14
Wing
Timilai Rokoduru
21/01/1993
Albi
Pro D2
Wing
Vilikisa Salawa
20/10/1991
Mont-de-Marsan
Pro D2
Wing
Akuila Tabualevu
02/10/1994
Provence
Pro D2
Wing
Michael Tagicakibau
09/05/1985
Scarlets
Pro12
Wing
Leka Tagotago
20/12/1991
Agen
Top 14
Wing
Metuisela Talebula
20/05/1991
Bordeaux-Bègles
Top 14
Wing
Uwa Tawalo
27/10/1992
Oyonnax
Top 14
Wing
Asaeli Tikoirotuma
24/06/1986
London Irish
Premiership
Wing
Josaia Tuisova
04/02/1994
Toulon
Top 14
Wing
Josaia Vakacegu
28/10/1988
Béziers
Pro D2
Wing
Marika Vakacegu
23/06/1981
Provence
Pro D2
Wing
Avenisi Vasuinubu
15/04/1992
Stade Français
Top 14
Wing
Samisoni Viriviri
25/04/1988
Montauban
Pro D2
Wing
Venione Voretamaya
22/10/1990
Colomiers
Pro D2
Wing
Watisoni Votu
25/03/1983
Perpignan
Pro D2
Wing
Marika Vunibaka
12/05/1994
Pau
Top 14
Wing
Sionasa Vunisa
12/08/1987
Mont-de-Marsan
Pro D2
Full Back
Kini Murimurivalu
15/05/1989
La Rochelle
Top 14
Full Back
Isa Nacewa
22/07/1982
Leinster
Pro12
Espoirs: There are at least over a further 15 Fijians in Espoirs squads in France, however that is only the very minimum estimate, there are certainly many more.
Notes: Saulo is at Toulon as a medical joker and is set to join Toulouse next season. Hughes previously captained Fiji 'A' but now is waiting to become eligible for England next year. Qovu has been exiled from the national team since pulling out of a squad 'injured' in 2012 only to resurface for his club a week later. Nacewa is just on a short term deal from retirement with Leinster. Bulumakau is way off ever being selected for Fiji and is aiming to play for Scotland 7s. Contrary to some reports that he may be the next Noa Nakaitaci and play for France, Tuisova has actually already played 7s for Fiji and stated he wants to play for them.

Samoa Samoa (49)
Loosehead Prop
Viliamu Afatia
25/04/1990
Agen
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Na’ama Leleimalefaga
20/11/1987
Worcester
Premiership
Loosehead Prop
Logovi’i Mulipola
11/03/1987
Leicester
Premiership
Loosehead Prop
Aniseko Sio
01/09/1992
Leicester
Premiership
Loosehead Prop
Zak Taulafo
29/01/1983
Stade Français
Top 14
Hooker
Ole Avei
13/06/1983
Bordeaux-Bègles
Top 14
Hooker
Steve Fualau
03/08/1983
Béziers
Pro D2
Hooker
Manu Leiataua
26/12/1986
Aurillac
Pro D2
Hooker
Ti’i Paulo
13/01/1983
Lyon
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Census Johnston
06/05/1981
Toulouse
Top 14
Tighthead Prop
James Johnston
06/03/1986
Wasps
Premiership
Tighthead Prop
Anthony Perenise
18/10/1982
Bristol
Championship
Tighthead Prop
Patrick Toetu
14/03/1984
Bordeaux-Bègles
Top 14
Lock
Jonny Fa’amatuainu
29/12/1983
Colomiers
Pro D2
Lock
Maselino Paulino
21/06/1988
Scarlets
Pro12
Lock
Filo Paulo
06/11/1987
Treviso
Pro12
Lock
Pelu Taele
28/09/1981
Bayonne
Pro D2
Lock
Joe Tekori
17/12/1983
Toulouse
Top 14
Lock
Kane Thompson
09/01/1982
Newcastle
Premiership
Flanker
Piula Fa’asalele
22/01/1988
Castres
Top 14
Flanker
Maurie Fa’asavalu
12/01/1980
Oyonnax
Top 14
Flanker
Alafoti Fa’osiliva
28/10/1985
Bath
Premiership
Flanker
Jack Lam
18/11/1987
Bristol
Championship
Flanker
Daniel Leo
02/10/1982
London Welsh
Championship
Flanker
Paul Tupai
16/09/1974
Bedford
Championship
Number 8
TJ Ioane
09/05/1989
Sale
Premiership
Number 8
Genesis Mamea
22/09/1988
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Number 8
Utu Maninoa
14/06/1986
Aurillac
Pro D2
Number 8
Ofisa Treviranus
31/03/1984
London Irish
Premiership
Number 8
Taiasina Tuifua
20/08/1984
Bordeaux-Bègles
Top 14
Number 8
Vavae Tuilagi
15/06/1988
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Scrum Half
Kahn Fotuali’i
22/05/1982
Northampton
Premiership
Centre
Rey Lee-Lo
28/02/1986
Cardiff Blues
Pro12
Centre
Alapati Leiua
21/09/1986
Wasps
Premiership
Centre
Johnny Leota
21/01/1984
Sale
Premiership
Centre
Robert Lilomaiava
28/03/1992
Aurillac
Pro D2
Centre
Fautua Otto
23/07/1985
Jersey
Championship
Centre
George Pisi
29/06/1986
Northampton
Premiership
Centre
Winston Stanley
11/02/1989
Harlequins
Premiership
Centre
Paul Williams
22/04/1983
Stade Français
Top 14
Wing
Alofa Alofa
12/03/1991
La Rochelle
Top 14
Wing
David Lemi
10/02/1982
Bristol
Championship
Wing
Paul Perez
26/07/1986
Toulouse
Top 14
Wing
Ken Pisi
24/02/1989
Northampton
Premiership
Wing
Sinoti Sinoti
09/09/1985
Newcastle
Premiership
Wing
Sailosi Tagicakibau
14/11/1982
Wasps
Premiership
Wing
Ahsee Tuala
23/08/1989
Northampton
Premiership
Wing
Alesana Tuilagi
24/02/1981
Newcastle
Premiership
Wing
Andy Tuilagi
05/06/1986
Newcastle
Premiership
Espoirs: Lacky Lee (hooker, Clermont), Paul Ah Him (centre, Brive) are at least two Samoan Espoirs in France, there may well be more.
Notes: Perez is a medical joker at Toulouse. There are many more New Zealand born Samoan eligible players not on this list that could still play for Samoa in the future.

Tonga Tonga (51)
Loosehead Prop
Eddie Aholelei
03/12/1981
London Welsh
Championship
Loosehead Prop
Ofa Fainga’anuku
05/12/1982
Bayonne
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Peni Fakalelu
11/09/1984
Bourgoin
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Tapu Falatea
12/12/1988
Colomiers
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Tevita Mailau
25/04/1985
Perpignan
Pro D2
Loosehead Prop
Sona Taumalolo
13/11/1981
Grenoble
Top 14
Loosehead Prop
Soane Tonga’uiha
21/02/1982
Oyonnax
Top 14
Hooker
Paula Ngauamo
19/02/1990
Mont-de-Marsan
Pro D2
Hooker
Elvis Taione
25/05/1983
Exeter
Premiership
Tighthead Prop
Halani Aulika
31/08/1983
London Irish
Premiership
Tighthead Prop
Taufa’ao Filise
26/05/1977
Cardiff Blues
Pro12
Tighthead Prop
Leo Halavatau
21/11/1983
London Irish
Premiership
Tighthead Prop
Sila Puafisi
15/04/1988
Glasgow
Pro12
Tighthead Prop
Semisi Telefoni
22/12/1982
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Tighthead Prop
Taione Vea
01/12/1988
Newcastle
Premiership
Lock
Ikapote Fono
09/11/1985
Biarritz
Pro D2
Lock
Uili Kolo’ofai
29/09/1982
Jersey
Championship
Lock
Lua Lokotui
31/12/1979
Béziers
Pro D2
Lock
Sione Timani
03/09/1984
Tarbes
Pro D2
Lock
Nomani Tonga
16/05/1983
Albi
Pro D2
Lock
Joe Tuineau
18/08/1981
Dax
Pro D2
Flanker
Daniel Faleafa
12/02/1989
Albi
Pro D2
Flanker
Ueleni Fono
06/05/1982
Biarritz
Pro D2
Flanker
Sione Kalamafoni
18/05/1988
Gloucester
Premiership
Flanker
Nili Latu
19/02/1982
Newcastle
Premiership
Flanker
Latu Maka’afi
07/08/1981
Doncaster
Championship
Flanker
Sione Tau
21/02/1989
Agen
Top 14
Number 8
Viliami Fihaki
17/01/1987
Sale
Premiership
Number 8
Opeti Fonua
26/05/1986
Leicester
Premiership
Number 8
Chris Hala’ufia
24/10/1978
Narbonne
Pro D2
Number 8
Paula Havea
01/05/1987
Provence
Pro D2
Number 8
Vili Ma’afu
09/03/1982
Oyonnax
Top 14
Number 8
Haisini Taulanga
04/03/1985
Mont-de-Marsan
Pro D2
Number 8
Tunufau Tavalea
20/09/1984
Albi
Pro D2
Scrum Half
Samisoni Fisilau
29/11/1987
Jersey
Championship
Scrum Half
Taniela Moa
11/03/1985
Pau
Top 14
Scrum Half
Tane Takulua
11/01/1991
Newcastle
Premiership
Centre
Viliami Hakalo
12/04/1987
Nottingham
Championship
Centre
Will Helu
19/04/1986
Edinburgh
Pro12
Centre
Hemani Paea
30/07/1985
Lyon
Pro D2
Centre
Sione Piukala
08/06/1985
Perpignan
Pro D2
Wing
Saia Fekitoa
31/07/1987
Narbonne
Pro D2
Wing
David Halaifonua
05/07/1987
Gloucester
Premiership
Wing
Viliame Iongi
08/08/1989
Nottingham
Championship
Wing
Otulea Katoa
26/04/1991
Edinburgh
Pro12
Wing
Daniel Kilioni
22/02/1993
Grenoble
Top 14
Wing
Maile Mamao
07/01/1996
Bayonne
Pro D2
Wing
Alaska Taufa
27/03/1983
Oyonnax
Top 14
Wing
Fetu’u Vainikolo
30/01/1985
Oyonnax
Top 14
Wing
Telusa Veainu
26/12/1990
Leicester
Premiership
Full Back
Vunga Lilo
28/02/1983
Montauban
Pro D2
Espoirs: Toma Taufa (tighthead, Bayonne), Nikola Latuhoi (lock, Provence) are at least two Tongan Espoirs in France, there may well be more.
Notes: Filise was stated as joining Merthyr after the RWC but seems to be still sticking round Cardiff. There are more New Zealand born Tongan eligible players in Europe (eg Ben Tameifuna) not listed here who could potentially still play for Tonga in the future.

South America (6)
Chile Chile (2)
Loosehead Prop
Francisco Deformes
21/12/1979
Cornish Pirates
Championship
Lock
Pablo Huete
11/01/1989
Bayonne
Pro D2

Uruguay Uruguay (4)
Tighthead Prop
Mario Sagario
29/06/1986
Munster
Pro12
Lock
Rodrigo Capo Ortega
08/12/1980
Castres
Top 14
Scrum Half
Agustin Ormaechea
08/03/1991
Mont-de-Marsan
Pro D2
Fly Half
Felipe Berchesi
12/04/1991
Carcassonne
Pro D2
Notes: Sagario is on a 3 month contract as injury cover.

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