Originally Posted by Hurricane
I think with all international sports only 30% of your team should be foreign born - otherwise you get situations like the Canadian cricket team where everyone grew up in India.
Agree it does get farcical sometimes (GB won the ice hockey gold in the 1936 Olympics with a team composed entirely of Canadian born or raised players with Brit parents or grandparents) but "foreign born" is too blunt a tool to measure IMHO.
Andrew Mehrtens was born in SA, after all and it'd be madness to say he wasn't a Kiwi.
I think upbringing is more important than birth.
Man, the Japanese look tiny in the line out. It's like a "masters v pupils" games.