The head of world rugby on Thursday vowed a "strict application" of the rules on releasing players for international duty, amid claims that three Fijians were barred by their clubs from the 2011 World Cup.
Samoa players celebrating after winning the Pacific Nations Cup in Tokyo in June 2012. With the 2015 World Cup in England overlapping with the European domestic season, the practice of clubs offering lucrative incentives to ignore Test calls could see the likes of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa deprived of key players.
The chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB), Bernard Lapasset, said the main northern hemisphere federations were due to meet this month and they would get to the bottom of the issue.
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