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Last Updated: Monday, 5 February 2007, 09:04 GMT
Clubs look to cut back on imports
Great Britain have struggled in the Tri-Nations
Britain's struggles have prompted the plans to revise overseas rules
Rugby league bosses are working with the 12 Super League clubs to limit the number of overseas players.

It has been proposed that clubs must reduce the number of overseas players in their squads, including Kolpak and EU passport holders, in three years.

Each club would also promote 20% of its first-team squad from its own academy.

"There's been a long-standing objective to encourage the production of more British-qualified players," said the Rugby Football League's Nigel Wood.

"These proposals are similar to those being pursued by Uefa in football.

We hope to have a salary cap system in 2008 that is preventative rather than retrospective

Nigel Wood

"All the Super League clubs were absolutely supportive of the principles, to the point where adoption of the rules may take place at the next meeting in March rather than wait for the annual regulatory meeting this June."

The league has reduced the overseas quota from five to three but the clubs get around the regulations by signing Kolpak players and Australians and New Zealanders with European passports.

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In last season's relegation decider, Wakefield fielded just two players who were English born and bred in their 17-strong squad.

At the same meeting, which took place last Wednesday, revised salary cap proposals were tabled.

These would remove from the cap all players not in a club's first-team squad and mean that all clubs are required to stay within the salary cap spending limits at all stages throughout the year.

Wood explained: "We still have some work to do in this area.

"However, we hope to have a salary cap system in 2008 that is preventative rather than retrospective and which gives all clubs the ability to invest in the production of junior talent."



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