23 Apr

NZRU grants dispensation to Luke McAlister
by Tracey Nelson
23 Apr 2009

The NZRU board announced today that they have approved exemption for Luke McAlister to allow him eligibility for initially selection in the Junior All Blacks who are playing in this year’s IRB Pacific Nations Cup, and in all probability selection for the All Blacks in the TriNations test series that starts in mid July.

Current NZRU policy states that to be eligible slection inthe All Blacks and other national teams, a player must be resident in New Zealand, contracted by the NZRU and have played in the competition immediately preceding selection, although the Board has the discretion to approve the selection of a player who did not meet the above criteria.

At its Board meeting in Wellington yesterday, the Board grantedexemption for McAlister, withthe following conditions:

  • he will play for the Barbarians invitational side prior to his return to New Zealand;
  • he will initially be eligible for selection only for the Junior All Blacks,
  • he would only be eligible for selection for the All Blacks in the Iveco Series squad, if injuryruled out the current contenders;
  • he will subsequently be eligible for selection in the All Blacks Investec Tri Nations squad .

  • The NZRU announced in February that McAlister had re-signed with the NZRU. He will return to New Zealand at the end of the English Premiership season next month.

    The 26-strong Junior All Blacks squad to play in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup and the 26-strong All Blacks squad to play in the Iveco Series will be announced at the conclusion of the Rebel Sport Super 14. A 30-strong All Blacks squad to play in the Investec Tri Nations will be named in July.

  • he will subsequently be eligible for selection in the All Blacks Investec Tri Nations squad .

  • The NZRU announced in February that McAlister had re-signed with the NZRU. He will return to New Zealand at the end of the English Premiership season next month.

    The 26-strong Junior All Blacks squad to play in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup and the 26-strong All Blacks squad to play in the Iveco Series will be announced at the conclusion of the Rebel Sport Super 14. A 30-strong All Blacks squad to play in the Investec Tri Nations will be named in July.

  • he would only be eligible for selection for the All Blacks in the Iveco Series squad, if injuryruled out the current contenders;
  • he will subsequently be eligible for selection in the All Blacks Investec Tri Nations squad .

  • The NZRU announced in February that McAlister had re-signed with the NZRU. He will return to New Zealand at the end of the English Premiership season next month.

    The 26-strong Junior All Blacks squad to play in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup and the 26-strong All Blacks squad to play in the Iveco Series will be announced at the conclusion of the Rebel Sport Super 14. A 30-strong All Blacks squad to play in the Investec Tri Nations will be named in July.