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James Haskell urges World Rugby into rethink on captured status for players stuck in international limbo as he insists ...


Burns spent his youth career with England's Under 18s and Under 20s, before being selected to represent Ireland by virtue of his Cork-born grandfather, making his debut last weekend against Wales.


The 26-year-old avoided captured status with England having never represented the Saxons or the full national side, but there is growing clamour to have eligibility reformed.


Bristol Bears full back Charles Piutau has stated his desire to play Tonga, but cannot after earning 15 caps for New Zealand - the last of which he won in 2015.


In the UK, Steven Shingler was stopped from playing for Scotland in 2012 on account of having been capped at youth level for Wales, and England's Nick Abendanon has never pulled on an international jersey since 2007, despite being eligible for South Africa, Holland and France under residency rules.


What will make a difference for Eddie Jones' side this weekend is the lack of a home crowd roaring England on at Twickenham.


It is a factor that Haskell believes limits home advantage on Saturday afternoon, and the former Red Rose international is hoping lessons will be learnt going into the Six Nations at the beginning of next year.






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