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Fellow back-rowers Jack Conan and Dan Leavy, who sat out Tuesday’s training.
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Several columnists have again hit out at World Rugby’s residency qualification rules.
Easterby not fazed by controversy
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“There is always the question over eligibility of players, whether it’s residency, grand-parentage, parentage if players aren’t born in the country.
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