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Marlborough Express - 2021-11-26

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his would not have happened without Joe.’’ Those were the words of one influential Pasifika rugby figure yesterday after World Rugby’s vote to change its eligibility rules in a big boost for the Pacific Islands nations. The sentiment was later backed up by another well-placed Pasifika source as it became clear that Pasifika rugby had found a very under-the-radar and effective champion: Joe Schmidt. It was Schmidt who made the final presentation in favour of a Yes vote to the World Rugby council meeting in Dublin

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