Portugal struggled to get it's top France-based players to play international rugby on Saturday according to Head Coach Tomaz Moraiz. "All professional players operating in France are not released by the clubs. In fact, some of them are playing soon [ for their French clubs], but they are professionals, the law protects the clubs".
Regarding the unavailability of Cristian Spachuk, "We have no news from his club. We await the response by the French federation, and if it does not come, we will act legally," he said, explaining that even David Penalva was unavailable for the next tests against Argentina 'A' and Tonga, siting 'family reasons'.
So much for the November window which, according to the IRB, commits all clubs to release players for international duty. How can the IRB enforce this ruling? What are your thoughts?