Wales dump ‘Gatland’s Law’ and switch to Australian-type selection criteria

• Players with 60 or more Wales caps can play globally and remain eligible
• New policy is pretty much black and white, says coach Warren Gatland

The Welsh Rugby Union has changed its international player selection policy and scrapped the so-called Gatland’s Law. Heading into this season and next, players with clubs outside Wales required one of four wildcard picks to represent their country, with that figure dropping to two for the 2019-20 World Cup season.

The WRU chief executive, Martyn Phillips, announced on Monday that Wales will now follow an Australian-style rule. If a player has won 60 caps or more then his international prospects will not be affected. The new policy takes effect immediately.

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