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The three teams that make up the Mid-South, Davenport, Lindenwood and Life, have made a gentleman's agreement to limit the number of non-American-qualified players on the field at a given time. There is currently no such rule in college rugby, but the Mid-South teams will self impose a limit consistent with USA Rugby's eligibility regulations for clubs, allowing just five foreigners on the field, per team, at a time. 

"This agreement has come from a need to further develop future Eagles, while still facilitating and welcoming international students whom continue to enrich the domestic game,” the teams said in a mutual press release. 

It's an interesting decision for these teams, as all of them have leaned on foreign-born players at one time or another. Davenport was led to back-to-back DI-AA National Championships by JP Eloff, who grew up in South Africa, but whose brother was an Eagle. When Lindenwood won the DII National Championship in 2012, multiple Lions draped themselves in the flags of their home countries while celebrating on the field. 

The foreigner discussion has long been a heated one in college rugby, and the temperature has turned up since the influx of scholarship-doling programs, like Life, Lindenwood and Davenport. Many in the American rugby community believe scholarship opportunities should be going to American kids. Apparently, the coaches at these schools agree, evidenced not only by this agreement, but by the increased emphasis on developing homegrown talent.  

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This seems like BS. These teams carry double figures in foriegn players, give in state tution grants, etc. These teams are the most agrressive overseas recruiters, so to think that they want to limit foriegn players to build more US talent seems ingenious. Cynical thinking might conclude that they have come to the realization that to go the way they are going now, that in the future these teams will field a completely foreign side, of 26yo college "kids." It's more like an arms agreement.
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Michael, I think that whether it's an "arms agreement" or a genuine effort to help improve domestic players is mostly immaterial. The result is the same: teams with a higher ratio of homegrown : imported players. Give them some applause for doing the right thing, regardless of intentions.
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The coaches and administrators of these universities understand what varsity rugby can do for the future of our club teams and National Team. They have voluntarily taken steps to ensure that the majority of the kids they train will go on to contribute to the success of American rugby. That's admirable and I hope other college programs will follow their lead.
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You voted '+1'.
This only limits the # of foreigners on the field at any given time. Doesn't mean the whole subs list can't be packed full of them.
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If you put 8 foreigners on the bench it's immaterial, as you would only be able to play five? Bit of a waste of three players don't you think?
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if the coaches and administrators of these colleges wanted build the future of US teams through their Div.I varsity programs you would think they would quit recruiting foriegn players, giving them in-state tution grants, scholarships, etc. in favor of American players that could be developed for the National good. This is a arms agreement between the biggest transgressors of foriegn recruiting.
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No, Michael, you're missing the point amigo. The goal of these folks is to find success for their program. That's their goal. That's why they recruit higher talent from abroad; because that's where the (developed) talent is. Finally: yes, of course it's an arms race. This is collegiate athletics; a highly competitive industry where the highest quality wins. That's how these things work.
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Can anyone name a college team, besides these guys, that have 8 foriegn players on their team ?
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USA is #18 worldwide. You do not go from #18 to #1 playing against #18 level players. Foreign players bring skill sets we need to strive for. It is one thing to watch on YouTube and another to experience firsthand. Examples: High School – English import – game at fulltime and ruck near touch – instead of advancing the English lad sprints across the pitch and, at almost full pace, pops in a drop goal to win match. College - South African import – game between two top 5 nationally ranked teams. Knock on at midfield. Boots one grubber, then another, then another (landing 1 meter over try line) and turned the game around. Never any attempt to pick the ball up. Let’s welcome the imports for improving the breed and also giving an exposure to other cultures. However - One out of five – or three on the field at one time seems reasonable to improve the breed.
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Yes, exactly. Foriegn player wins the game ! This is why the top 10 college sides in the country avg. 11 players per roster. ASU has twenty foriegners. I don't care, one way or the other, but I find it funny that they, now, find a problem with "stacking" teams with ringers.
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