Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
Think they changed the rule a while back. Should be called "Cahill's law" 'cos he was the driving force in getting it changed. He played for Western Samoa Under-14s which debarred him from playing for the crims until the change.
It's a bit of a mess tho, with no consistency. Kanoute was allowed to play for Mali despite having played for France U-21s & Ben Thatcher (boo! hiss!) played for our U-21s (IIRC he was captain too) before playing full internationals for the Taffs courtesy of a Welsh grandfather, but JLloyd Samuel can't get permission for a switch to Trinidad now. I think FIFA's ruling was he's too old now (at 24) to switch. Which seems a bit tight.
No, he played for the Samoan Under-21's at 14
His mum is from there or has some connection from there and he was there on holiday with his family nad they asked hm if he wanted to play. You wouldn't exactly decline the opportunity to play a youth international, would you?
Because of that he wasn't allowed to represent Aus until he won the case.
Dave: It was England Under-21's.