Rugby’s Current Most Capped XV

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We take a look at XV made up of the most capped players in world rugby who are still playing professionally…

1 Tony Woodcock NZ (110)

All Blacks legend Woodcock enjoyed a 110 test career that saw him score 9 tries for his side and win a World Cup in the process where he became the first All Black prop to score in the final.

2 Keven Mealamu NZ (123)

With 123 caps and counting, Mealamu is one of the most experienced players of all time. Already a World Cup winner, he will be hoping to repeat the feat next year at England 2015.

3 Martin Castrogiovanni ITA (107)

Over the last 12 years, ‘Castro’ has been a key part of an improving Italian side who have relied on their power up front in order to compete with the top sides from around the world.

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4 Marco Bortolami ITA (110)

One of the key foundations of the Italian team over the last 10 years has been the consistency of it’s pack as evidenced by three of this front eight having represented Italy.

5 Victor Matfield RSA (121)

Matfield is likely to go down as one of the games all time greats, having retired from professional rugby, only to return and break his way back into the Springboks side.

6 Vasco Uva POR (93)

Uva has been one of Portuguese rugby’s most important players over the last 12 months, and despite being replaced as captain, is still a key man for the team.

7 Richie McCaw NZ (137)

McCaw has become the most capped player of all time after beating Brian O’Driscoll to the crown earlier this year and for good reason – he will be remembered as a true legend of the game.

8 Sergio Parisse ITA (108)

Given Parisse is still just 31 it’s easy enough to imagine him competing with McCaw for the title of world’s most capped player over the next few years, such has been his influence on Italian rugby.

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9 Irakli Abuseridze GEO (85)

Georgia may not be considered an international power when it comes to rugby, however they are a rapidly improving side thanks to the likes of Abuseridze.

10 Dan Carter NZ (102)

Had it not been for injury issues there is no doubt that Carter would have had significantly more caps for the All Blacks over the years, he will however be remembered as one of the best of all time.

11 Bryan Habana RSA (106)

Habana has been one of the few mainstays in the Springbok side over the last 10 years and still looks like one of the very best wingers in the world.

12 Jean de Villiers RSA (106)

It would be a huge shame should de Villiers miss next year’s World Cup through injury given he has been one of the best centres in the world over the last 12 months despite turning 33.

13 Adam Ashley-Cooper AUS (104)

It’s amazing to think AAC is still just 30 years of age despite having achieved a test century. He continues to be a key player for the Wallabies, with his experience likely to be key next year.

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14 Sean Lamont SCO (91)

Lamont may not always have always been a regular starter for Scotland, but he has been one of their most consistent backs and has therefore continued to pick up caps over the last 10 years.

15 Mils Muliaina NZ (100)

Muliaina may now be plying his trade in Ireland, but that hasn’t stopped him achieving his test century for the All Blacks and picking up a winners medal at the 2011 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

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  1. McCaw has fewer caps than George Gregan (139) or Brian O’Driscoll (141). He is simply not the most capped player of all time!

  2. Assuming we are choosing players who have been capped in the last 12 months I have a few amendments:

    1) Gethin Jenkins has 115 Caps (110 Wales, 5 B&I Lions)
    9) Mike Phillips has 95 Caps (90 Wales, 5 B&I Lions)

    There are currently no specialist fullbacks with anything near 100 caps to their name, the closest are as follows
    Pedro Leal (POR) 68
    Igor Klyuchnikov (RUS) 67
    Rob Kearney (IRE) 60 Caps
    Leigh Halfpenny (WAL) 58 Caps

  3. Why have we gone with a scrum half with 85 caps when George Gregan has 139?

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