A few weeks ago we took a look at the most physical XV in world rugby which highlighted the heaviest players currently in the game. This time around we are going to the opposite end of the scale and looking at the smallest (lightest) XV we can find. We’ve aimed to only include players currently appearing in the Super XV, Top 14, Premiership or Pro 12 but please do let us know if we’ve missed anyone out;
15 – Romain Teulet (5’5″, 11st11lb)
At 36 Castres full-back Romain Teulet has done incredibly well to still be going in the current land of giants in World rugby.
14 – Gio Aplon (5’9″, 12st4lb)
Springbok back three player Gio Aplon may be small in stature but is putting in some big performances for the Stormers.
13 – Benoit Baby (5’10”, 13st5lb)
He may not be the biggest centre but with 9 caps to his name the Frenchman proves size isn’t everything.
12 – Kyle Eastmond (5’7″, 13st1lb)
The rugby league convert has moved into the centres from the wing and has already been caped internationally.
11 – Gonzalo Camacho (5’8″, 13st5lb)
The Argentine flyer hasn’t let his size hold him back as he has played for some of the top Premiership clubs and turned out for Los Pumas.
10 – Morgan Parra (5’11”, 12st2lb)
Although Frances ‘le petit general’ is more used to playing at scrum-half Parra is also a capable 10.
9 – Peter Stringer (5’7″, 11st7lb)
Stringer certainly hasn’t let his size get in the way as he amassed 98 caps for Ireland and is still going strong at Bath this season.
1 – Schalk van der Merwe (6’0″, 16st7lb)
With most props well in excess of 18st these days van der Merwe is a truly unique specimen in the game.
2 – Scott Lawson (5’8″, 16st8l10)
Newcastle Falcons hooker Scott Lawson has been able to muscle his way back into the starting number 2 jersey for Scotland recently.
3 – Nicolas Mas (5’11”, 17st0lb)
Although big by normal standards, French tighthead Mas remains one of the lightest international props in the World right now.
4 – Hilton Lobberts (6’3″, 16st7lb)
With some second rows coming in at nearly 7ft tall and weighing up to 2st Lobberts would at first appear more suited to the back row.
5 – Morgan Allen (6’3″, 17st0lb)
Although slightly heavier than Lobberts, Allen is still diminutive by the standards of modern day second rowers.
6 – Beau Robinson (5’11”, 15st4lb)
Australian cross-coder Beau Robinson has settled into life in Union as a flanker earning a cap along the way.
7 – Andy Hazell (6’0″, 14st11lb)
Hazell has just retied from rugby but coming in at under 15st is almost unique amongst modern day professional forwards.
8 – Kabamba Floors (5’9″, 13st12lb)
Being more akin to a winger than forward, Floors hasn’t let his size get in the way as he has more than held his own in the incredibly physical number 8 position.
This team averages just 14st3lb in total which is minuscule compared to the average in the Welsh side of 16st13lb per man. If this team where to come up against the Welsh side they would be giving away nearly 3 stone per man and quite a few inches in height as well. Despite their size though these players have all forged professional careers in rugby and continue to prove that size isn’t everything in the game.
Is there anyone we have missed out who should fit into this team?