My Northern Hemisphere vs Southern Hemisphere XV’s

Southern Hemisphere vs Northern Hemisphere

If the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere were ever to face off against one another this is how we see the line-ups for each side looking and which player is likely to come out on top in their match-ups;

15. Mike Brown (NH) vs Israel Folau (SH)

On current form it’s hard to overlook either of these full backs who are automatic choices in their respective nations starting XV’s. Head-to-head though it’s hard to overlook Folau as the stand out player of the pair as he seems to be just about the best player in the world on current form.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere


14. Yohan Huget (NH) vs Willie le Roux (SH)

Huget managed to shine in a poor French team during this years Six Nations whilst le Roux has been one of the few bright sparks in a difficult season for the Cheetahs. Whilst Huget is a natural born finisher it’s hard to overlook le Roux who has become the Springboks most potent attacking weapon over the last 18 months.

Winer – Southern Hemisphere

13. Manu Tuilagi (NH) vs Ben Smith (SH)

Since the retirement of BOD it would seem Tuilagi is probably the stand-out 13 in the NH on current form. Whilst Smith may be better suited to full back it is more a case of fitting all the talent in so he’s been included in the centres. No doubt this would be a close contest but Smith’s more rounded game just about wins out in this instance.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere

12. Wesley Fofana (NH) vs Kurtley Beale (SH)

Fofana is one of the most naturally gifted footballers in the world right now whilst Beale has shone for the Waratahs this season having come back from some off-field troubles so sneaks in ahead of some other big names. Based on all-round ability Fofana just sneaks this match-up as if he plays behind a solid pack he can be lethal.

Winner – Northern Hemisphere

11. George North (NH) vs Julian Savea (SH)

This really would be the clash of the giants with two huge players who don’t lack for skill go head-to-head. In this instance it’s hard to pick between the pair, however based on their respective form for their international sides in the June internationals Savea currently looks to be in the better run of form so takes this battle.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere

10. Johnny Sexton (NH) vs Dan Carter (SH)

In the Northern Hemisphere there seems to be a dearth of truly world class fly-halves so Sexton is assured of his place. Carter steps in for the SH as although he’s been plagued by injury issues, but when fully fit he’s still the best 10 in the world, and for that reason he wins this contest.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere


9. Danny Care (NH) vs Aaron Smith (SH)

The battle at scrum half is between two very similar players, both are quick in both thought and action ensuring the opposition are always kept on their toes. On current form it’s virtually impossible to pick between them, however based on their battle during the June internationals, Smith wins this battle.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere

1. Cian Healy (NH) vs Tendai Mtwarira (SH)

Two absolute beasts go head to head in this contest where it’s hard to split them. Whilst Mtwarira likely has the edge in the scrum, Healy’s all round game, particularly in the loose sees him take this battle as he plays like an additional flanker winning turnovers and making hard yards.

Winner – Northern Hemisphere

2. Dylan Hartley (NH) vs Bismarck du Plessis (SH)

Two players who give their all for their respective teams on every occasion go face off in the battle of the hookers. Whilst Hartley has come on hugely over the last 12 months du Plessis has to be seen as the form hooker in the world right now and for this reason wins this contest.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere

3. Mike Ross (NH) vs Owen Franks (SH)

Tighthead would be an area of concern for both sides as neither hemisphere has an obvious stand-out candidate in the position. In this case Mike Ross’ influence during the Six Nations sees him take the spot for the NH whilst Owen Franks consistency sees him take the position for the SH and win the battle.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere


4. Courtney Lawes (NH) vs Brodie Rettalick (SH)

The second row would be an area of great strength, particularly for the NH at the moment with a range of stand out candidates. Whilst Rettalick has been in fantastic form for the All Blacks, the way Lawes has developed his all-round game sees him ever so narrowly win out this contest.

Winner – Northern Hemisphere

5. Alun Wyn Jones (NH) vs Eben Etzebeth (SH)

Two players at opposite ends of their careers right now, this battle would be particularly tight with both Jones and Etzebeth offering very differing qualities. The experience of Jones could be key however Etzebeth is hard to overlook in this instance and will only get better.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere

6. Sean O’Brien (NH) vs Duane Vermualen (SH)

The battle at blindside is one of two incredibly powerful players who never fail to get their side on the front foot. Both players have very similar qualities, however O’Brien has the added bonus of operating like an openside at the breakdown and could just about win out this battle if all else is even.

Winner – Northern Hemisphere

7. Sam Warburton (NH) vs Michael Hooper (SH)

Whilst Warburton may not be the most appreciated of players in parts of the Northern Hemisphere there’s no doubting he’s a great player and leader. However, for me Michael Hooper has become the stand-out openside in the world over the last 12 months and wins out this battle with relative ease.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere


8. Billy Vunipola (NH) vs Kieran Read (SH)

I’m not sure there’s too much point in trying to argue this one out. Whilst there’s no doubting that Vunipola has become a key player for England, there’s not a single player in the world right now who can quite compete with the phenomenon that is Kieran Read.

Winner – Southern Hemisphere

In this case the Southern Hemisphere win 11 – 4.

If you were selecting Northern Hemisphere vs Southern Hemisphere XV’s who would make your team?




  1. Good lineup , I wouldve chosen malakai fekitoa instead of beale

  2. Duane Vermualen is an 8, why not pick a blindside at blindside, Kaino, or Messam spring to mind. And maybe De Villiers at 13 instead of trying to squeeze a back into the centres for the sake of talent and skill. I know what you mean though, no place for Smith, but can’t leave him out.

  3. For the northern hemisphere you cannot overlook Armitage on the flank. He may not be playing internationally due to politics but is by far the best back rower in the world at the moment.

  4. Warburton?! what about Steffon Armitage!

  5. same of the resvers that should be in the SH squad Sam Whitelock,Kaino,Richie McCaw,Ma’a Nonu

  6. No Paul O’Connell……hmmmm.

  7. Retallick irb player of the year.. clearly out classes lawes. How do u not have richie in the 7 jersey also? Stats last year ahead of everyone

  8. This is a ridiculous list as it mentions a lot of players who are not in their natural positions (Willie Le Roux, Duane Vermeulen) to name but a few and then where is Mccaw? How is Laws a better player than Retallick? Not great guys

  9. All of you saying McCaw, no way. He’s probably the most illegal player in todays game

  10. Warburton and not Dusautoire in the third raw ????

  11. Rob Kearney could definitely challenge Brown for the 15 spot aswell as Bowe for the 14 spot.. Bowe’s game is arguably a lot more consistent and rounded than Huget’s.

  12. Think it’s fair to say Le Roux is now fully recognised as a 15

Leave a Reply