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The eligibility debate: what should the criteria be?

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John Beattie | 10:53 UK time, Friday, 18 May 2012

Is it right that someone who has lived in a country for only three years can then play international rugby for it?

When I was a kid growing up in Malaysia a trip to the UK seemed a lifetime away. Rather, it was a boat trip across the Indian ocean, up through the Suez canal, over the length of the Mediterranean, and then up a short section of the Atlantic Ocean to Southampton and a train trip to Glasgow via London.

It took weeks.

Nowadays a 12-hour plane trip gets you from Kuala Lumpur to London, cooped up in a cabin breathing everyone else's air.

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Is it time to ditch national anthems?

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John Beattie | 11:54 UK time, Sunday, 6 May 2012

I can just feel as I get ready to write this that you aren't going to agree with me, but here goes anyway: Isn't it time we got rid of national anthems before internationals?

The last few weeks of rugby have been magnificent.

The English premiership has reached it's climax, the French clubs have been going at it like mad things on obscure satellite channels, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh have done special things in the league and cup respectively.

Ulster, or as should now call them "the Springboks", have played great rugby and they fill one half of a Heineken Cup final - otherwise known as a pint - and take on Leinster who contained 13 Ireland qualified players the last time the sides met.

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