The Rest (rugby union)

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Rest of the World XV[a]
Unions International Rugby Board
Nickname(s) The Rest
First match
The Rest 15 - 7 British Lions
Largest win
The Rest 15 - 7 British Lions
Largest defeat

The Rest was a rugby union team selected to play one match against the British Lions to celebrate the centenary of the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) in 1986. It consisted of players from Australia, France, New Zealand and South Africa. At the time, there were only eight unions affiliated to the Board, thus only players from those countries were chosen.

They beat the Lions 15-7 in April 1986 in the match played at Cardiff Arms Park.

British Lions selection[edit]

The Lions team that faced The Rest was selected by the Four Home Unions committee which organises Lions tours. The Lions would have toured South Africa in 1986 if the regular schedule had been followed, but in December 1985 the South African Rugby Board announced they would not be inviting the Lions side to tour South Africa the following year. Political objections to South Africa's apartheid policies including a potential boycott of the 1986 Commonwealth Games and state of emergency in South Africa at the time lay behind this decision. The squad selected for this International Rugby Board centenary was the closest thing to an official 1986 British Lions side. It was managed by Clive Rowlands and coached by Mick Doyle.[1] The 21 players selected were issued with Lions' blazers and ties and considered to be official British Lions.[2]

The match[edit]

The match was a midweek game in Cardiff. The wet weather marred the game, a marked contrast to the second celebratory match three days later played in ideal conditions at Twickenham.[3]

April 16, 1986
British Lions 7 – 15 Rest of the World XV
Try: Beattie

Penalty Goal: Hastings
Try: Farr-Jones
Con: Lynagh (2)
Penalty Goal: Lynagh
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee: R C Francis (New Zealand)

British Lions: A G Hastings ( Scotland); T M Ringland ( Ireland), B J Mullin ( Ireland), J A Devereux ( Wales), R Underwood ( England); J Y Rutherford ( Scotland), R N Jones ( Wales); J Whitefoot ( Wales), C T Deans ( Scotland) (captain), D C Fitzgerald ( Ireland), W A Dooley ( England), D G Lenihan ( Ireland), John Jeffrey ( Scotland), J R Beattie ( Scotland), N J Carr ( Ireland) Replacements I A M Paxton ( Scotland) for Dooley; M Dacey ( Wales) for Rutherford

The Rest: S Blanco ( France); P Estève ( France), A G Slack ( Australia) (captain), M P Lynagh ( Australia), J J Kirwan ( New Zealand); W R Smith ( New Zealand), N C Farr-Jones ( Australia); E E Rodriguez ( Australia), T A Lawton ( Australia), G A Knight ( New Zealand), S A G Cutler ( Australia), S W P Burger ( South Africa), M W Shaw ( New Zealand), M G Mexted ( New Zealand), S P Poidevin ( Australia)


  1. ^ Griffiths, John. "The Lions tour that never was, Cecil Afrika's Sevens' career and Shane Williams' try-scoring rate". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Clem Thomas (2005). The History of the British and Irish Lions. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 202. ISBN 1845960300. 
  3. ^ match summary

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