The International Try Scoring XV

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Here is a World XV based on rugby’s most prolific international try scorers throughout the ages…

1 Kees Meeuws NZ (10)

In an international career that spanned just six years and 42 caps, a return of 10 tries is a hit rate most centres would struggle to achieve in the game.

2 Keith Wood Ire (15)

Irish hooker Wood will long be remembered as one of the greatest hookers the game has produced, as famous for his work in the tight as he was for playing more like a centre than a tight five forward.

3 Martin Castrogiovanni Ita (12)

Castrogiovanni may be an iconic figure for his long hair and fuzzy beard, however he will be remembered as a legend of Italian rugby for his try scoring feats over the years.

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4 Takashi Kikutani Jap (35)

Kikutani may not always find himself facing world class opposition, but in a Japanese side that has struggled at times, his try scoring form has been essential to keep them progressing.

5 Mamuka Gorgodze Geo (22)

Georgia may not always be playing top tier opponents, however Gorgodze has become one of the very best players in the world in recent times with his try scoring form being just the tip of the iceberg.

6 Colin Charvis Wal (22)

Charvis has scored 22 tries for his country, making him the leading try scorer among all Welsh forwards. He is also one of only four forwards to score over 100 international points.

7 Richie McCaw NZ (24)

McCaw is quite simply one of the best players the game has ever seen, and whilst he may be renowned for his prowess at the breakdown, 24 international tries isn’t a bad return at all.

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8 Diego Ormaechea Uru (29)

Ormaechea is considered the greatest Uruguayan player of all time and also happened to be the oldest player to ever appear at a World Cup finals when making an appearance at the age of 40.

9 Joost van der Westhuizen SA (38)

Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen is possibly the greatest scrum half to have ever played the game, somehow it always appeared he was a step or two ahead of everyone else on the field.

10 Dan Carter NZ (25)

Carter must be considered one of the most complete rugby players of all time, capable of kicking, running, tackling and passing all contributing to him scoring roughly one try every four games.

11 Daisuke Ohata Jap (69)

You may never have heard of Daisuke Ohata before, however the fact the fact he is the most prolific international try scorer of all time means he should command instant respect from fans.

12 Phillipe Sella Fra (30)

Sella is the kind of player that the French national side has been missing for the last few years with his flair and ability to get over the try line and get points on the board for France.

13 Brian O’Driscoll Ire (47)

O’Driscoll is one of the finest centres the game has ever seen. Not only was he a monster in defence and a pain at the ruck but he was also a prolific try scorer for Ireland.

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14 Shane Williams Wal (58)

It’s unbelievable to think that at one stage coaches very nearly stopped Shane Williams playing professional rugby claiming he was too small, how wrong he ended up proving them…

15 David Campese Aus (63)

It’s hard to image any top tier player in the world matching Campese’s try scoring record in the future, such was the prolific nature of the Aussie back three man.

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