Here are six of the most famous rugby players who, you may not know, have also played for other countries during their careers.
Pat Lam (New Zealand)
New Zealand’s loss was Samoa’s gain in the case of back-rower Pat Lam, as he traded All Black for the blue of the Islanders after failing to win a Test cap. He only played for the All Blacks once, in a tour game in 1991, but he got 34 caps for Samoa and appeared in three World Cups.
Chris Harris (England)
From the National League to International rugby, the Gloucester centre had a difficult journey. One of the stops was to represent the counties of England. He’s now a regular for Scotland’s national team!
Martin Johnson (New Zealand)
Former All Black Colin Meads met the future England captain in 1989, inviting him to try out for the King Country team in New Zealand. Johnson’s trial run went well, and he went on to play two seasons for King Country. In 1990, he was even selected for a tour of Australia with the New Zealand under-21 team, which included John Eales, another of the game’s all-time great lock forwards.
Ross Moriarty (England)
The imposing back-rower, whose father is former Wales international Paul Moriarty, started his rugby career with England at the U18 and U20 levels, winning the IRB Junior World Championship in 2014. He has now made his full international debut for Wales, winning 44 caps in the process, as well as representing the British and Irish Lions during their 2017 tour of New Zealand.
Billy & Mako Vunipola (Wales)
they played for East Wales schools alongside Wales’s Taulupe Faletau. However, after attending English schools they made the switch to represent England. Billy even once admitted he wanted Australia to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup.