The Rugby World Cup’s Foreign Born XV


With a huge number of players set to represent a country other than the one they were born in at this year’s Rugby World Cup, we take a look at the best XV…

15.Scott Spedding (South Africa)

The South African born full back looks set to play a key role as France’s starting fullback at the Rugby World Cup.

14.Waisake Naholo (Fiji)

The All Blacks winger has made a miraculous recovery in order to partake in the World Cup having received treatment in his native Fiji(

13.Tevita Kuridrani (Fiji)

Kuridrani was perhaps the most improved international in world rugby last year, and is now a key feature in the Wallabies squad.

12.Malakai Fekitoa (Tonga)

Fekitoa is unlikely to start the key games for the All Blacks, but still has a critical role to play as part of the wider squad.

11.George North (England)

Despite being born in England, North’s father was adamant his son should play over the border for Wales.

10.Quade Cooper (New Zealand)

Never afraid to wind up his fellow countrymen, the Wallabies will be hoping Cooper can get back to his best form for the World Cup.

9.Kahn Fotuali’i (New Zealand)

Arguably one of the best scrum halves around, Fotuali’i has a huge role to play if Samoa are to qualify for the quarters.

8.Sergio Parisse (Argentina)

Italian rugby’s most iconic player was actually born in Argentina, but never had any doubt as to which shirt he would pull on.

7.David Pocock (Zimbabwe)

The Wallabies flanker was born in Zimbabwe but adopted to play for Australia when his family moved back.

6.Thierry Dusautoir (Cote d’Ivoire)

The French captain wouldn’t be at the World Cup if he had chosen to represent his native Cote d’Ivoire which would have been a shame.

5.Luke Charteris (England)

Another important Welsh player who was actually born in Wales but decided to move back over the border.

4.Dean Mumm (New Zealand)

Mumm’s return to Australia was vindicated after he was recalled to the Wallabies having chosen the gold over the black jersey.

3.Martin Castrogiovanni (Argentina)

Another iconic Italian player who opted to turn out for the Azzurri rather than Argentina where he was born.

2.Stephen Moore (Saudi Arabia)

Had Moore opted to play for his country of birth, then he would have been another player who didn’t feature at the World Cup.

1.Tendai Mtawarira (Zimbabwe)

The Beast has become a fan favourite in South Africa, and it’s hard to see him pulling on any jersey other than the Springbok one now.



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