Copehead wrote:The Great Defector wrote:Why are International coaches so against picking players that aren't playing their own country or a country close to them? The Irish coach apparently hasn't picked a player because he's playing in France, I think.
Because they have less control over when they can play international matches and when they can attend training camps and no control on whether the players are rested for certain games or not.
Both things they have a lot of control of if the players is playing in the home league which will have an agreement over these things with the national team.
In Ireland Schmit has almost total control over the players at Leinster and Munster etc because the provinces are owned by the IRU so he can prioritise their playing for the national team, the will not happen with a player in France.
So by not picking the player in France he discourages others from going there and keeps his best players under his control.
Exceptions are made, when Sexton went to France to earn a big pay day no one suggested he shouldn't play for Ireland as he is too important.
I still think it is a daft policy. I can understand if someone is playing in a different hemisphere, but not when they are in France. England has missed out on selecting two of the last three European rugby players of the year (Nick Abendanon and Steffon Armitage) because of this policy as well as countless others. Time was when out of form (or favour) players went to France to recoup or rebuild (notably Dan Luger, even Fatty Goode latterly), but now it is the strongest club league in the northern hemisphere and that can only improve players. Yes, I get the counter-argument that if these players have consciously sacrificed an international career for a firstful of Euros then do we really want their sort to wear an England shirt, but that is just West Car Park, game pie and Merlot talk that doesn't cut it in the real world.