chapter  9
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Migrants, mercenaries and overstayers: Talent migration in Pacific Island rugby

Blackbirders used to slip into harbours and lagoons with promises of good things over the horizon . . . [they] would lure people aboard ships, seize them and sail them off into a life of slavery. These days the techniques are different, but the outcome is the same: white men are grabbing Pacific Islanders, not for the sugar cane fields of Queensland, or the mines of Peru, but for the rugby grounds of the old colonialists.