Ireland international ready to swap to represent Scotland at World Cup

Ireland international John Cooney could switch allegiance to Scotland before the 2023 Rugby World Cup, according to Extra.IE. The 32-year-old has Scottish roots through his Glaswegian father and spurned an offer to switch allegiances in 2012 before making his Ireland debut in 2017. His father, John Cooney senior, who was born in Blantyre in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, was a journalist who worked for the Glasgow Herald before becoming European correspondent, and later religious affairs correspondent, for The Irish Times John Cooney’s keen, I believe, but he’s 32. Scotland far better off going with the scrum-halves they have (Price, Horne, White, Vellacott, Dobie) than parachuting in somebody else. Would send out a terrible message. Would be surprised if it happened— Tom English (@TEnglishSport) September 30, 2022 Cooney won the last of his 11 Ireland caps came in February 2020 against England, which means he’d be eligible to make the swap next February. Players can switch nations if they have been stood down from international rugby for three years and they, or a parent or grandparent, were born in the country they wish to represent. DID YOU KNOW? He is the first player to play over 20 games for three different Irish province (Connacht, Leinster, Ulster) Editors picks: Four Worcester Warriors stars join Bath on loanEddie Jones confirms updated England squadTop club confirm ‘they are aware’ after players accused of ‘egging pub’Bollywood made a rugby movie and it’s INCREDIBLEWorcester Warriors could be replaced in the Gallagher Premiership Five England stars who could still swap nations before the 2023 World Cup They could all swap nations ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. #1. Nathan Hughes (England to Fiji) Age: 31Position: Number 8Current number of caps: 20Last cap: March, 2019Did you know? His uncle, Asaeli Hughes, is a former dual international having represented Fiji in both basketball and 15s rugby Hughes, who grew up in the sugar cane town of Lautoka on the west coast of the main Fijian island of Viti Levu, has. revealed that he has full support from the RFU to swap nations after moving to Japan. premrugby: A shining light @FalconsRugby's George McGuigan is the @GallagherUK Player of the Month from March and the leading try-scorer in the #GallagherPrem.What a couple of weeks it has been for the hooker #GallagherPremPOTM— ItsAllRugby (@ItsAllRugby_com) April 8, 2022 CONTINUES ON PAGE TWO The post Ireland international ready to swap to represent Scotland at World Cup appeared first on Ruck.