Five Nations XV v Overseas Unions XV

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Five Nations XV v Overseas Unions XV
EventIRFB Centenary
Date19 April 1986
VenueTwickenham Stadium, London
RefereeD I H Burnett (Ireland)

The Five Nations XV v Overseas Unions XV was a rugby union match played on Saturday, 19 April 1986 to commemorate the centenary of the International Rugby Football Board. The Five Nations XV featured players from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France who had played in the 1986 Five Nations Championship. The Overseas Unions XV was effectively a World XV and featured players from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Overseas Unions XV won the match 32–15. [1][2] Controversially, the squad included a number of white South Africans at a time when the relationship of rugby union and apartheid was being questioned at high levels.

The match[edit]

Unlike the British Lions v World XV three days earlier in a wet Cardiff Arms Park, this game was played in ideal conditions at Twickenham.[3] At the time, there were only eight Unions affiliated to the Board, thus only players from those unions were chosen.

April 19, 1986
Five Nations XV 13 – 32 Overseas Unions XV
Try: Ringland (2)

Con: Blanco
Penalty Goal: Kiernan
Try: Gerber (2)
du Plessis
Con: Botha
Penalty Goal: Botha (2)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: D I H Burnett (Ireland)

Five Nations XV: Serge Blanco ( France); Trevor Ringland ( Ireland), Philippe Sella ( France), Mike Kiernan ( Ireland), Rory Underwood ( England); Malcolm Dacey ( Wales), Richard Hill ( England); Jeff Whitefoot ( Wales), Steve Brain ( England), Iain Milne ( Scotland), Jean Condom ( France), Donal Lenihan ( Ireland) (captain), John Jeffrey ( Scotland), Iain Paxton ( Scotland), Laurent Rodriguez ( France)

Overseas Unions XV: Roger Gould ( Australia); John Kirwan ( New Zealand), Danie Gerber ( South Africa), Warwick Taylor ( New Zealand), Carel du Plessis ( South Africa); Naas Botha ( South Africa), Dave Loveridge ( New Zealand); Enrique Rodriguez ( Australia), A G Dalton ( New Zealand) (captain), Flippie van der Merwe ( South Africa), Steve Cutler ( Australia), Andy Haden ( New Zealand), Simon Poidevin ( Australia), Steve Tuynman ( Australia), Mark Shaw ( New Zealand)

See also[edit]


  • Starmer-Smith, Nigel (ed) Rugby - A Way of Life, An Illustrated History of Rugby (Lennard Books, 1986 ISBN 0-7126-2662-X)
  1. ^ Starmer-Smith, p184, image of programme
  2. ^ Starmer-Smith, p186
  3. ^ match summary
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Jim Webster, For Love Not Money - The Simon Poidevin Story {ABC:1 Jan 1990)(ISBN 0733300499)