World XV

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World XV
Coach(es)Robbie Deans (Oct. 2018)
Team kit
First match
South Africa  45–24 World XV
(27 August 1977)
Largest win
Japan  20–45 World XV
(15 August 2015)
Largest defeat
South Africa  46–10 World XV
(11 July 2015)

A World XV is a rugby union team organised on an unofficial, ad hoc basis and typically composed of invited players from various countries. Several World XVs have been arranged, often to take part in celebration and testimonial games, usually against national teams, but these are not considered test matches by most nations. World XVs are not overseen or organised by any particular body.


South Africa first played a World XV in Pretoria on 27 August 1977. The World side included Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, Willie John McBride, and Sandy Carmichael. A crowd of 65,000 watched as Morné du Plessis' South Africans led by 22–14 at half-time to eventually defeat the World XV by 45–24. During the match Argentinian flyhalf Hugo Porta came on as a replacement. Flank Theuns Stofberg added two tries to one each by Gerrie Germishuys, Hermanus Potgieter,[1] Dawie Snyman, and Barry Wolmarans (on debut) for the Springboks.[2] Four days later, the World XV played Western Province at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. This time Porta started alongside Williams, McBride, and Carmichael, with Alan Sutherland facing off against Du Plessis. At 3.30pm coloured player Errol Tobias, representing the South African Federation, was on the reserve bench for the World XV, as he had been for the 2pm match between a Presidents' XV and Western Province B.[3]

In 1980 and 1983, Argentina, played a World XV twice. The first match was played at Ferrocaril Oeste, Buenos Aires.[4] Argentina went into half time ahead by 16 points to nil and despite an excellent display in the second half by the World XV Argentina were able to secure a 36–22 win. The second match was played in Atlanta Stadium, Buenos Aires, where Argentina secured a second victory 28–20.

In 1989 a World XV, sanctioned by the IRB and funded by South African Breweries, played two tests against South Africa in celebration of the centenary of the South African Rugby Board (SARB). The Springboks won both, by 20–19 at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town and the second by 22–16 on 2 September at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

In 1992, a World XV played three matches against the All Blacks in New Zealand. The first encounter between the two sides ended in a 24–14 win for the World XV, the first time a World XV won against a national team. However, New Zealand won the second match 54–26, and the third match 26–15. The tour was to mark the centenary of the New Zealand Rugby Union in 1992.

In May and June 2006 a World XV, sponsored by South African company Steinhoff Holdings and coached by Bob Dwyer, played three games – against Saracens in London, then against South Africa at Ellis Park and Western Province XV at Newlands. The latter match was a testimonial for former South Africa captain Corné Krige, who led the Western Province side. In December 2006, again coached by Dwyer, a Steinhoff-backed World XV played a South Africa XV at Walkers Stadium in Leicester, losing 32–7. This game was to mark the centenary of South Africa's overseas tours.

In 2008, a World XV played a Wales XV side, which acted as a testimonial match for Welsh player Shane Williams. In total there were 19 tries scored in the match, which was played at the Millennium Stadium, with Williams scoring the match-winning try as Wales won 65–57. Later in 2008, a World XV played a Coronation Tongan XV side, in a game to celebrate the coronation of Tonga's King, George Tupou V. Tonga won the match 60–26, beating the Colin Charvis-captained side that included players from Australia, England, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa and Wales.[5]

In 2014, a World XV led by Matt Giteau played South Africa for the first time since 2006, where the Springboks won 45–24. Coached by Nick Mallett, the team featured players such as James O'Connor, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Hosea Gear, François Trinh-Duc, BJ Botha, Carl Hayman, Steffon Armitage and Julien Bonnaire.[6]


Date Venue Opponent Score Result Head Coach Captain Event
27 August 1977 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria  South Africa 45–24 Lost Ireland Syd Millar Ireland Willie J. McBride
9 August 1980 Ferrocaril Oeste, Buenos Aires  Argentina 36–22 Lost France Jean-Pierre Rives
25 June 1983 Atlanta Stadium, Buenos Aires  Argentina 28–20 Lost
15 May 1988 Concord Oval, Sydney  Australia 42–38 Lost New Zealand Brian Lochore Argentina Hugo Porta
26 August 1989 Newlands, Cape Town  South Africa 20–19 Lost Australia Bob Templeton France Pierre Berbizier South African tour
(Centenary of SARB)
2 September 1989 Ellis Park, Johannesburg  South Africa 22–16 Lost
18 April 1992 Jade Stadium, Christchurch  New Zealand 14–28 Won Australia Bob Templeton Scotland David Sole New Zealand tour
(Centenary of NZRU)
22 April 1992 Athletic Park, Wellington  New Zealand 54–26 Lost Australia Nick Farr-Jones
25 April 1992 Eden Park, Auckland  New Zealand 26–15 Lost
14 April 1999 Atlanta Stadium, Buenos Aires  Argentina 49–31 Lost Australia Bob Templeton
3 June 2006 Ellis Park, Johannesburg  South Africa 30–27 Lost Australia Bob Dwyer New Zealand Justin Marshall Testimonial match for
Corné Krige
3 December 2006 Walkers Stadium, Leicester  South Africa 32–7 Lost Australia Bob Dwyer England Lawrence Dallaglio Centenary of South Africa's
overseas tours
17 May 2008 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales Shane Williams Wales XV 65–57 Lost Wales Mike Ruddock New Zealand Justin Marshall Shane Williams Testimony match
31 July 2008 Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa  Coronation Tongan XV 60–26 Lost Wales Colin Charvis Coronation of George Tupou V
7 June 2014 Newlands, Cape Town  South Africa 45–24 Lost South Africa Nick Mallett Australia Matt Giteau
11 July 2015 Newlands, Cape Town  South Africa 46–10 Lost New Zealand Robbie Deans
France Bernard Laporte
South Africa Bakkies Botha 2015 RWC Warm-ups
15 August 2015 Chichibunomiya Stadium, Tokyo  Japan 20–45 Won New Zealand Robbie Deans South Africa Bakkies Botha
28 October 2017 Level5 Stadium, Fukuoka  Japan 27–47 Won New Zealand Robbie Deans New Zealand Andrew Ellis
26 October 2018 Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka  Japan 28–31 Won New Zealand Robbie Deans New Zealand Andrew Ellis

Squad for Japan match 2018[edit]

World XV squad for their match against Japan on 26 October 2018.

Note: Italics denotes uncapped player(s) – Bold denotes player(s) that have represented a World XV in previous matches Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Club/province Union
Ricky Riccitelli Hooker (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 23) New Zealand Hurricanes New Zealand New Zealand
Adriaan Strauss Hooker (1985-11-18) 18 November 1985 (age 33) South Africa Bulls South Africa South Africa
Ben Alexander Prop (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 34) Australia Brumbies Australia Australia
Wyatt Crockett Prop (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 35) New Zealand Crusaders New Zealand New Zealand
Corné Fourie Prop (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 30) South Africa Lions South Africa South Africa
Craig Millar Prop (1990-10-29) 29 October 1990 (age 28) Japan Sunwolves New Zealand New Zealand
Hencus van Wyk Prop (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 26) Japan Sunwolves New Zealand New Zealand
Sam Carter Lock (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 29) Australia Brumbies Australia Australia
Ben Gunter Lock (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 21) Japan Panasonic Wild Knights Australia Australia
Jason Jenkins Lock (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 23) Japan Toyota Verblitz South Africa South Africa
Willie Britz Flanker (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 30) Japan Sunwolves South Africa South Africa
Jackson Hemopo Flanker (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 25) New Zealand Highlanders New Zealand New Zealand
Dillon Hunt Flanker (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 23) New Zealand Highlanders New Zealand New Zealand
Nili Latu Flanker (1982-02-19) 19 February 1982 (age 36) Japan NEC Green Rockets Tonga Tonga
Leonardo Senatore Number 8 (1984-05-13) 13 May 1984 (age 34) Argentina Jaguares Argentina Argentina
Andrew Ellis Scrum-half (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 34) Japan Kobelco Steelers New Zealand New Zealand
Augustine Pulu Scrum-half (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 29) New Zealand Blues New Zealand New Zealand
Lionel Cronjé Fly-half (1989-05-25) 25 May 1989 (age 29) Japan Toyota Verblitz South Africa South Africa
Santiago González Iglesias Fly-half (1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 30) Argentina Jaguares Argentina Argentina
Keisuke Moriya Centre (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 24) Japan Panasonic Wild Knights Japan Japan
Ma'a Nonu Centre (1982-05-21) 21 May 1982 (age 36) New Zealand Blues New Zealand New Zealand
Harold Vorster Centre (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 25) Japan Panasonic Wild Knights South Africa South Africa
Tevita Li Wing (1995-03-23) 23 March 1995 (age 23) New Zealand Highlanders New Zealand New Zealand
Toni Pulu Wing (1989-11-28) 28 November 1989 (age 29) New Zealand Chiefs Niue Niue Islands
Nehe Milner-Skudder Fullback (1990-12-15) 15 December 1990 (age 28) New Zealand Hurricanes New Zealand New Zealand

Previous squads[edit]

Original World XV[edit]

Head Coach: Ireland Syd Millar

1986 IRB sanctioned team[edit]

  • In 1986, to celebrate the centenary of the International Rugby Board (IRB), two international XVs were put together:
a World XV played the British Lions on 16 April 1986, winning 15–7 at Cardiff Arms Park.
an Overseas Unions rugby union team played the Five Nations XV on Saturday, 19 April 1986, winning 32–13 at Twickenham Stadium.


  1. ^ Hermanus Potgieter Scores During the Match Between a World XV and South Africa, 27 August 1977. Accessed: 31 December 2012. YouTube link..
  2. ^ "World XV tour - Pretoria, 27 August 1977. South Africa (22) 45 - 24 (12) World XV (FT)". Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  3. ^ "1977 Western Province V World XV Rugby Programme". Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  4. ^ match summary for 1980 World XV vs Argentina
  5. ^ Tonga beat World XV
  6. ^ Springboks to open season against World XV - TVNZ, 8 April 2014