World XV

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World XV
Coach(es) Robbie Deans
Bernard Laporte (Jul/Aug 2015)
Captain(s) Bakkies Botha (Jul/Aug 2015)
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)

The World XV is a rugby union team, typically composed of invited players from various countries across the world. Various World XVs have been arranged from time to time, often to take part in celebration and testimonial games, usually against national teams, but these have not been considered test matches by most nations.


Traditionally, the World XV side plays in various locations, often as the away team. They have played all the "big 3" southern hemisphere nations (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa), first playing South Africa 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' X and Western Province B.[3] In 1980 and 1983, they played Argentina, where in the first match, that 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, went to 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 September 2 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

In 1992, they toured New Zealand, playing 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 the side has won against a national team. However, New Zealand won the second match 54–26, World XV' biggest defeat, 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, in what was the first ever match a World XV side has played a national side at a neutral venue. This game was to mark the centenary of South Africa's overseas tours.

In 2008, World XV played one of the Six Nations Championship sides for the first time. They played a Wales XV side, which acted as a testimonial match for Welsh legend Shane Williams. In total there were 19 tries scored in the match, which was played at the Millennium Stadium, with Williams scoring the match winner as Wales won 65–57. Later in 2008, the 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, the World XV side led by Matt Giteau returned to 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]

International matches[edit]

 Date  Venue Opponent F A Result  Coach   Captain  Refs
27 August 1977 Loftus Versfeld,
 South Africa 24 45 Lost Ireland Syd Millar Ireland Willie John McBride
9 August 1980 Ferrocaril Oeste,
Buenos Aires
 Argentina 22 36 Lost France Jean-Pierre Rives
25 June 1983 Atlanta Stadium,
Buenos Aires
 Argentina 20 28 Lost
15 May 1988 Concord Oval,
 Australia 38 42 Lost New Zealand Brian Lochore Argentina Hugo Porta [7]
26 August 1989 Newlands,
Cape Town
 South Africa 19 20 Lost Australia Bob Templeton
2 September 1989 Ellis Park Stadium,
 South Africa 16 22 Lost Australia Bob Templeton
18 April 1992 Jade Stadium,
 New Zealand 28 14 Won Australia Bob Templeton
22 April 1992 Athletic Park,
 New Zealand 26 54 Lost Australia Bob Templeton
25 April 1992 Eden Park,
 New Zealand 15 26 Lost Australia Bob Templeton
14 April 1999 Atlanta Stadium,
Buenos Aires
 Argentina 31 49 Lost Australia Bob Templeton
3 June 2006 Ellis Park Stadium,
 South Africa 27 30 Lost Australia Bob Dwyer New Zealand Justin Marshall
3 December 2006 Walkers Stadium,
 South Africa 7 32 Lost Australia Bob Dwyer England Lawrence Dallaglio
17 May 2008 Millennium Stadium,
Wales Shane Williams Wales XV 57 65 Lost Wales Mike Ruddock New Zealand Justin Marshall [8]
31 July 2008 Tonga  Coronation Tongan XV 26 60 Lost Wales Colin Charvis
7 June 2014 Newlands,
Cape Town
 South Africa 24 45 Lost South Africa Nick Mallett Australia Matt Giteau
11 July 2015 Newlands,
Cape Town
 South Africa 10 46 Lost Australia Robbie Deans
France Bernard Laporte
South Africa Bakkies Botha
15 August 2015 Chichibunomiya,
 Japan 45 20 Won Australia Robbie Deans South Africa Bakkies Botha


Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
 Argentina 3 0 3 0 0%
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0%
 New Zealand 3 1 2 0 33%
 South Africa 7 0 7 0 0%
 Tonga 1 0 1 0 0%
 Japan 1 1 0 0 100%
Total 17 2 15 0 11.76%

Squad for Japan match 2015[edit]

The World XV was coached by Robbie Deans for the match against Japan on 15 August 2015. They won the match 45 - 20, which was their greatest victory to date.[9]

Note: Italics denotes the traditional uncapped player(s) - Bold denotes player(s) that have represented the 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
Andrew Hore Hooker (1978-09-13) 13 September 1978 (age 38) Unattached (Retired) New Zealand New Zealand
Tolu Latu Hooker (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 24) Australia New South Wales Waratahs Australia Australia
Ben Alexander Prop (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 32) Australia Brumbies Australia Australia
Petrus du Plessis Prop (1981-05-31) 31 May 1981 (age 35) England Saracens South Africa South Africa
Carl Hayman Prop (1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 37) Unattached (Retired) New Zealand New Zealand
Benn Robinson Prop (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 32) Australia New South Wales Waratahs Australia Australia
Bakkies Botha Lock (1979-09-22) 22 September 1979 (age 37) Unattached (Retired) South Africa South Africa
Luke Jones Lock (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 25) Australia Melbourne Rebels Australia Australia
Ali Williams Lock (1981-04-30) 30 April 1981 (age 35) Unattached (Retired) New Zealand New Zealand
Liam Gill Flanker (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 24) Australia Queensland Reds Australia Australia
Sean McMahon Flanker (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 22) Australia Melbourne Rebels Australia Australia
Adam Thomson Flanker (1982-03-13) 13 March 1982 (age 35) Australia Queensland Reds New Zealand New Zealand
Pierre Spies Number 8 (1985-06-08) 8 June 1985 (age 31) Japan Kintetsu Liners South Africa South Africa
Luke Burgess Scrum-half (1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 33) Australia Melbourne Rebels Australia Australia
Andrew Ellis Scrum-half (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 33) New Zealand Crusaders New Zealand New Zealand
Berrick Barnes Fly-half (1986-05-28) 28 May 1986 (age 30) Japan Panasonic Wild Knights Australia Australia
Mike Harris Fly-half (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 28) Australia Melbourne Rebels Australia Australia
Christian Lealiifano Centre (1987-09-24) 24 September 1987 (age 29) Australia Brumbies Australia Australia
Wynand Olivier Centre (1983-06-11) 11 June 1983 (age 33) Unattached South Africa South Africa
Ben Tapuai Centre (1989-01-19) 19 January 1989 (age 28) Australia Queensland Reds Australia Australia
Nick Cummins Wing (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 29) Japan Coca-Cola Red Sparks Australia Australia
Taqele Naiyaravoro Wing (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 25) Australia New South Wales Waratahs Australia Australia
Dom Shipperley Wing (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 25) Australia Melbourne Rebels Australia Australia
James O'Connor Fullback (1990-07-05) 5 July 1990 (age 26) Australia Queensland Reds Australia Australia

Previous squads[edit]

Original World XV[edit]

Head Coach: Ireland Syd Millar

1986 IRB sanctioned team[edit]

Main article: Rest of the World XV
  • In 1986, to celebrate the centenary of the International Rugby Board (IRB), two international XVs were put together:
a Rest of the 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hermanus Potgieter Scores During the Match Between a World XV and South Africa, 27 August 1977. Accessed: 2012-12-31. YouTube link..
  2. ^ "World XV tour - Pretoria, 27 August 1977. South Africa (22) 45 - 24 (12) World XV (FT)". Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  3. ^ "1977 Western Province V World XV Rugby Programme". Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  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
  7. ^ Language no barrier to Lochore. SMH. 12 May 1988.
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  9. ^ "Japan Vs World XV at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground 15th Aug 2015". Retrieved 2015-09-24.