Lebanon to select at least six domestic players in World Cup squad


Lebanon coach Michael Cheika will select at least six domestic players in their squad for the World Cup.

The Cedars have been drawn in a group with New Zealand, Jamaica and Ireland for this autumn’s tournament which is hosted on English soil.

Following a virtual meeting oft he Lebanon Rugby Federation clubs to plan out a return to the country, a re-commitment has been made to include at least six domestic players in Cheika’s squad.

LRFL chief executive Nayef Abi Said: “The core purpose was to provide a collaborative forum to discuss the upcoming season’s activities and challenges including club’s preparations as well as rules and regulations.

“In addition, player pathways toward the World Cup were communicated and a reaffirmation made to the LRLF 2019-2023 strategy. That includes that a minimum of six domestic players will represent the Republic of Lebanon at the tournament.”

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Ziad Agha, general manager of Wolves club, added: “The meeting was a positive one, the first step for the LRLF re-emerging into the light after over a year-long absence due to the global pandemic that has devastated us all.

“I am excited to be working towards better change with the federation and for a positive reaction and collaboration from all our domestic players. It is an important year for Lebanon, given our participation in the 2021 RLWC in England, so we need to get our local players ready to best represent our country.”

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