World XV

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 by various bodies, often to take part in celebration and testimonial games, usually against national teams, but these are not considered test matches by most nations.

World XV
Coach(es)New Zealand Robbie Deans (March 2019)
Captain(s)New Zealand Andrew Ellis (March 2019)
First match
 South Africa 45-24 World XV
(27 August 1977)
Largest test win
 Japan 20–45 World XV
(25 August 2015)
Largest defeat
 Coronation Tongan XV 60-24 World XV
(31 July 2008)
Largest test defeat
 South Africa 46–10 World XV
(11 July 2015)

In 1977, 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa captain Willie John McBride led a newly established World XV against Morne du Plessis’s Springboks to commemorate the opening of the Loftus Versfeld stadium.[1]


South AfricaEdit

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,[2] Dawie Snyman, and Barry Wolmarans (on debut) for the Springboks.[3] 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.[4]

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 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 2014, a World XV captained by Matt Giteau and coached by Nick Mallett played a South Africa XV, who won 45–24.[5]


In 1980 and 1983, Argentina, played a World XV twice. The first match was played at Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires.[6] 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.

New ZealandEdit

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 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.[7]


In March 2019, a World XV captained by Andrew Ellis and coached by Robbie Deans played Western Force, who won 26–16 as the opener of the 2019 Global Rapid Rugby season in HBF Park, Perth.[8]


Date Venue Opponent Score Result Head Coach Captain Event
27 August 1977 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria   South Africa 45–24 Lost   Syd Millar   Willie J. McBride
9 August 1980 Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires   Argentina 36–22 Lost   Jean-Pierre Rives
25 June 1983 Atlanta Stadium, Buenos Aires   Argentina 28–20 Lost
15 May 1988 Concord Oval, Sydney   Australia 42–38 Lost   Brian Lochore   Hugo Porta
26 August 1989 Newlands, Cape Town   South Africa 20–19 Lost   Bob Templeton   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   Bob Templeton   David Sole New Zealand tour
(Centenary of NZRU)
22 April 1992 Athletic Park, Wellington   New Zealand 54–26 Lost   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   Bob Templeton
3 June 2006 Ellis Park, Johannesburg   South Africa 30–27 Lost   Bob Dwyer   Justin Marshall Testimonial match for
Corné Krige
3 December 2006 Walkers Stadium, Leicester   South Africa 32–7 Lost   Bob Dwyer   Lawrence Dallaglio Centenary of South Africa's
overseas tours
17 May 2008 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff   Shane Williams Wales XV 65–57 Lost   Mike Ruddock   Justin Marshall Shane Williams Testimony match
31 July 2008 Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa   Coronation Tongan XV 60–26 Lost   Colin Charvis Coronation of George Tupou V
7 June 2014 Newlands, Cape Town   South Africa 45–24 Lost   Nick Mallett   Matt Giteau [9]
11 July 2015 Newlands, Cape Town   South Africa 46–10 Lost   Robbie Deans
  Bernard Laporte
  Bakkies Botha 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches
15 August 2015 Chichibunomiya Stadium, Tokyo   Japan 20–45 Won   Robbie Deans   Bakkies Botha
28 October 2017 Level5 Stadium, Fukuoka   Japan 27–47 Won   Robbie Deans   Andrew Ellis
26 October 2018 Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka   Japan 28–31 Won   Robbie Deans   Andrew Ellis Commemoration of newly renovated Hanazono Rugby Stadium
23 March 2019 HBF Park, Perth   Western Force 16–26 Lost   Robbie Deans   Andrew Ellis 2019 Global Rapid Rugby season opener[10]

Squad for Western Force match 2019Edit

World XV squad for their match against Western Force on 22 March 2019.[11]

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
Corey Flynn Hooker (1981-01-05) 5 January 1981 (age 39) Unattached   New Zealand
Greg Pleasants-Tate Hooker (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 29)   Canterbury   New Zealand
Wyatt Crockett Prop (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 37)   Tasman   New Zealand
Shohei Hirano Prop (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 26)   Panasonic Wild Knights   Japan
Chris King Prop (1981-04-30) 30 April 1981 (age 39)   Canterbury   New Zealand
Tom Moloney Prop (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 26)   Panasonic Wild Knights   Australia
Hamish Dalzell Lock (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 24)   Canterbury   New Zealand
Michael Oakman-Hunt Lock (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 27)   Canberra Vikings   Australia
Hugh Renton Flanker (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 24)   Canterbury   New Zealand
Jack Cornelsen Flanker (1994-10-13) 13 October 1994 (age 25)   Panasonic Wild Knights   Australia
Michael Curry Flanker Unknown   Tasman   New Zealand
Shota Fukui Flanker (1999-08-28) 28 August 1999 (age 20)   Panasonic Wild Knights   Japan
Leonardo Senatore Number 8 (1984-05-13) 13 May 1984 (age 36) Unattached   Argentina
Andrew Ellis (c) Scrum-half (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 36)   Kobelco Steelers   New Zealand
Leon Fukofuka Scrum-half (1994-08-09) 9 August 1994 (age 26)   Auckland   Tonga
Kosei Ono Fly-half (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 33)   Suntory Sungoliath   Japan
Inga Finau Centre (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 25)   Canterbury   New Zealand
Dylan Riley Centre (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 23)   Panasonic Wild Knights   Australia
Asaeli Tikoirotuma Centre (1986-06-24) 24 June 1986 (age 34) Unattached   Fiji
Nick Cummins Wing (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 32) Unattached   Australia
Yoshikazu Fujita Wing (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 26)   Panasonic Wild Knights   Japan
Digby Ioane Wing (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 35)   Panasonic Wild Knights   Australia
Gio Aplon Fullback (1982-06-10) 10 June 1982 (age 38)   Toyota Verblitz   South Africa

Previous squadsEdit

1977 World XVEdit

Head Coach:   Syd Millar


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  4. ^ "1977 Western Province V World XV Rugby Programme". Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  5. ^ Springboks to open season against World XV - TVNZ, 8 April 2014
  6. ^ match summary for 1980 World XV vs Argentina
  7. ^ Tonga beat World XV
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