November 19, 2021

Epalahame Faiva at the Under 20 World Cup against South Africa. Getty

Because Hame Faiva can play for Italy? The hooker of Benetton, born in Auckland, at Benetton since 2017 – therefore for over three seasons – and tied to Italy after being deployed by Troncon in Spain-Italy A on 30 October last, will be reserve hooker at Parma against theUruguay. In these hours, much has been written about the fact that Faiva wore the New Zealand under 20 shirt in 2013 and 2014, which would have made him ineligible for Italy and would have forced the Fir to jump through diplomatic flips to be able to deploy him and not be fined.

As far as we know:

  • Faiva he actually played for the New Zealand under 20 in 2013 and 2014, participating in the two World Cups of the category.
  • Then theunder 20 of New Zealand was not the “next senior representative team“, That is the selection that, together with the greater one, bound those who played there to the nation itself. That function was performed on paper by the Junior All Blacks.
  • I Junior All Blacks, born in 1958 as an under 23 selection, were reborn in 2006 to participate in the Pacific Nations Cup. After the rebirth this selection had even more extended age limits than the original ones. They participated in the 2007 and 2009 editions, the year in which they left the tournament and went out of business.
  • For this reason, Haime Faiva has never played with the Junior All Blacks.
  • Even if inactive, the Junior All Blacks continued to be the “next senior representative team” of the New Zealand federation until 2020.

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