President's Overseas XV

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Not to be confused with Overseas Unions rugby union team.
President's Overseas XV[a]
Programme for the President's Overseas XV match played in 1971

The President's Overseas XV was a 1971 rugby union squad, chosen to celebrate the centenary of the English Rugby Football Union, the oldest national rugby organisation in existence.[1]

The players were chosen from five nations – Australia, Fiji, France, New Zealand and South Africa – and were considered to be the finest in the game at the time. Scottish, Welsh and Irish players were not in the selection, nor ones from several other major rugby playing nations, e.g. Argentina, Canada, Italy, Romania, the USSR, USA or Japan, or the other two main Pacific nations, Western Samoa, and Tonga.

The President's Overseas won 28-11.

The President's selection[edit]

The complete squad is as follows:


  1. S. M. Going named in programme as replacement.
  2. Carrière, Cester, Barley, Bertranne, and McCallum were not named in the programme teamsheet, but were detailed in the player profiles.

The match[edit]

The game was played at Twickenham in front of 50,000 spectators. Test caps were awarded, and Dixon and Creed earned their first caps for England in this match.[2]

17 April 1971
England  11–28 President's Overseas XV
Try: Hiller
Con: Hiller (1/1)
Pen: Hiller (2/?)
Report Try: Kirkpatrick (2)
Williams (3)
Con: Villepreux (5/6)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: M Titcomb (Gloucestershire)
Touch judge - Air Cdre G.C.Lamb CBE AFC (RAF)
Touch judge -R.F.Johnson (Kent)
FB 15 Bob Hiller (Harlequins)
RW 14 Jeremy Janion (Bedford)
OC 13 John Spencer (c) (Headingley)
IC 12 David Duckham (Coventry)
LW 11 Peter Glover (Bath)
FH 10 Dick Cowman (Loughborough Colleges)
SH 9 Nigel Starmer-Smith (Harlequins)
LP 1 Brian Stevens (Harlequins)
HK 2 John Pullin (Bristol)
TP 3 Fran Cotton (Loughborough Colleges)
LL 4 Peter Larter (Northampton)
RL 5 Chris Ralston (Richmond)
BF 6 Roger Creed (Coventry)
OF 7 Tony Neary (Broughton Park)
N8 8 Peter Dixon (Harlequins)
FB 15 France Pierre Villepreux
RW 14 Australia Stephen Knight
OC 13 France Jo Maso
IC 12 South Africa Joggie Jansen
LW 11 New Zealand Bryan Williams
FH 10 New Zealand Wayne Cottrell
SH 9 South Africa Dawie de Villiers
LP 1 Australia Roy Prosser
HK 2 [[
TP 3 [[
LL 4 [[
RL 5 [[
BF 6 [[
OF 7 [[
N8 8 [[

England: Replacements: A Johnson (Northampton); J Page (Bedford); R Webb (Coventry); I Wright (Northampton); J Broderick (Coventry); R Hannaford (Bristol)

President's Overseas XV: [[]], ( Australia); Peter Johnson, ( Australia); Hannes Marais, ( South Africa); Colin Meads, ( New Zealand); Frik du Preez, ( South Africa); Greg Davis, ( Australia); Brian Lochore, ( New Zealand) (captain); Ian Kirkpatrick, ( New Zealand)

Unused or absent - John Cole, ( Australia); Ron Urlich, ( New Zealand); Jona Qoro, ( Fiji); George Barley, ( Fiji); Elie Cester, ( France); Christian Carrière, ( France); Ian McCallum, ( South Africa); Roland Bertranne, ( France)


  • Starmer-Smith, Nigel (ed) Rugby - A Way of Life, An Illustrated History of Rugby (Lennard Books, 1986 ISBN 0-7126-2662-X) pp 106, 107 (including portrait of each player)
  1. ^ Note- the RFU predates the split into rugby union and rugby league.
  2. ^ match summary

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