A Rugby XI for the FIFA World Cup

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So for those of you rugby fans completely oblivious to the round ball game, this week marks the beginning of their World Cup over in Brazil. With this in mind I thought it might be interesting to select a football team using only rugby players.

Whilst there are obviously some huge differences between rugby and football, there are a number of transferable skills that I’ve tried to take account of. I’ve gone for a traditional 4-4-2 formation (they have different formations?) for my rugby football boys, let me know what you think and make sure to select your own Rugby XI in the comments section below…

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Goalkeeper – Mike Brown

Brown proved he could do more than a job between the sticks in this years 6 Nations with this amazing save against Ireland that saw footballing legend Peter Schmeichel become a huge fan.

Right Back – Nick Cummins

Not only would The Honey Badger be able to brighten up the drab football interviews but his chase back below demonstrates an excellent ability to get back and clear the ball out wide.

Centre Back – Jonny Wilkinson

Let’s face it, Wilkinson is never going to struggle in using his boot so would be ideal for playing the ball our from the back whilst remaining ferocious in defence.

Centre Back – Alesana Tuilagi

All good centre back partnerships contain at least one big strong member whose more than happy to make crunching tackles, Alesana Tuilagi is ideal for filling this role.

Left Back – Willie le Roux

The Springbok full back has pace and guile in abundance and is pretty useful with the chip and chase as he demonstrated for the Cheetahs with this beauty of a try.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbmd5ldSl2M

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Right Wing – Simon Zebo

Zebo has plenty of pace to burn out wide whilst his cheeky little flick below shows he would be more than comfortable out on a football field.

Central Midfield – Dan Carter

Carter seems the ideal option for slotting into the playmaking role in midfield as he demonstrates his ability to place a ball anywhere he wants with his boomerang kick below.

Central Midfield – Francois Steyn

With a monstrous boot like Steyn’s, the team would be more than capable of starting attacks from anywhere on the field.

Left Wing – Brian O’Driscoll

So BOD may not have the pace he used to, however his all round game play and ball control (as demonstrated superbly below) mean he would be ideal for creating play out wide.

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Centre Forward – Bryan Habana

With his pace and power Habana would be great for chasing balls from the likes of Carter and Steyn whilst his diving experience (below) might just help earn a penalty or two (this is football!)

Centre Forward – Delon Armitage

Possibly not the most obvious choice here however just watch Armitage’s finish in below from an exhibition match last year and you’ll begin to understand why he’s up top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyH70SknG50

As much as anything it would be incredible to see the likes of Tuilagi and Steyn smashing into players and teaching them what a real tackle is, however this is just for a bit of fun so don’t take it too seriously.

Let us know your Rugby XI in the comments below…

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