Based purely on who has the most caps in their position – this team represents 10 countries for a total of 1768 caps, 3226 points and 299 tries.

1 Jason Leonard Eng (114)

English prop Leonard was one of the very best props to ever take to the field, it’s therefore no wonder that he was such a key man for England during his international career.

2 Keven Mealamu NZ (123)

Mealamu is amongst a number of players on this list who is still playing international rugby so looks set to add even more caps to his already impressive tally.

3 Martin Castrogiovanni (107)

Whilst there may have been other props with more caps than Castro, he is one of the few tightheads in the world to have ever reached a century of caps.


4 Fabien Pelous Fra (118)

Pelous is the most capped Frenchman of all time and has been a key man for Les Bleus, captaining them on a number of occasions until injury stalled his progress.

5 Victor Matfield RSA (120)

It’s amazing to think that not so long ago Matfield had completely retired from rugby. Now a year later not only is he playing Super Rugby but could captain the Springboks at next year’s World Cup.

6 Vasco Uva Por (93)

Uva is probably the most recognisable name in Portugese rugby and one of the countries few players to have been a success playing club rugby professionally.

7 Richie McCaw NZ (137)

McCaw looks set to become rugby’s all time most capped player as he prepares to lead the All Blacks into the World Cup next year.


8 Sergio Parisse Ita (108)

Parisse has been the face of Italian rugby almost since he pulled on the blue jersey. He is quite simply known as Captain Fantastic for his ability to carry his side single handedly.

9 George Gregan Aus (139)

Gregan’s title as rugby’s most capped player of all time stood for a number of years until a certain Irish legend came along and topped him earlier this year.

10 Ronan O’Gara Ire (130)

Despite coming in from stiff competition from Johnny Sexton during his final years in the Irish jersey O’Gara still managed to accumulate an incredible number of caps.

11 Bryan Habana RSA (106)

Habana’s record as the world’s most capped winger looks likely to stand for a good while longer given that he’s probably got a few more years at the top level left in him.

12 Philippe Sella Fra (111)

Sella was the epitome of French flair for a number of years during the late 80’s and early 90’s and is the kind of player they must look to replicate once more.

13 Brian O’Driscoll Ire (141)

Not only is O’Driscoll one of the greatest centres to have ever played the game, he is also one of the greatest ambassadors for the sport rugby has ever seen.

14 Adam Ashley-Cooper Aus (104)

Although Ashley-Cooper is as accustomed to playing centre as he is wing, he slots in out wide for the purposes of this team which seems fair given it’s his current Wallabies position right now.

15 Chris Paterson Sco (109)

In an era of declining Scottish rugby, Paterson was one of the few players who consistently turned out for Scotland and helped his team in difficult times.