The Southern Hemisphere Six Nations XV


We take a look at a team of players set to take part in the Six Nations who were born outside of Europe but qualify on various grounds…

1.Mako Vunipola

The England and Lions prop was born in Wellington, New Zealand before moving to Wales and finally settling in England with his family. Barring a series of injuries he has now become a regular in the England set-up.

2.Dylan Hartley

Hartley is another England front rower who was born in New Zealand before moving to England. Unlike Vunipola though, Hartley only moved to England when he was 16 and represents England thanks to his mother’s ancestry.

3.Rodney Ah You

Although Ah You isn’t quite a staple in the Ireland side yet, the New Zealand born prop is becoming an increasingly regular feature for Joe Schmidt and provides regular cover off the bench.

4.Robbie Diack

South African born Diack is usually found in the back row, however he is capable of covering the second row as well. He moved to Ulster in the 2008/09 season and qualified for Ireland on residency grounds.

5.Manoa Vosawai

Vosawai is another player more often found in the back row, however for the purposes of this side we have moved the Fijian born Italian lock into the second row after he qualified for Italy on residency grounds.


6.Huge Blake

Blake has been one of the biggest debating points of the 2015 Six Nations so far as the New Zealand born flanker was called up into the Scotland squad despite not having even featured in Edinburgh’s first team since his move.

7.Blair Cowan

Cowan is a New Zealand born flanker who qualifies for Scotland through his mother. Despite never having actually lived in Scotland Cowan’s heritage makes him available for Scottish selection.

8.Sergio Parisse

Italy’s talismanic captain Sergio Parisse was actually born in Argentina, however having moved to Italy to begin his professional career and having an Italian father means Parisse qualifies on a number of grounds.

9.Rory Kockott

South African born Kockott has been a recent addition to the French squad after his performances in the Top 14 resulted in a number of calls for him to play for Les Bleus once he qualified through his residency.

10.Gareth Anscombe

Anscombe has been in Cardiff a matter of months, however thanks to his grandmother being Welsh he has received a near immediate call up to the Welsh national side for the 2015 Six Nations.


11.Luke McLean

McLean was born in Australia, however having Italian grandparents he moved to Italy in 2007 in a bid to be called up to the national side which he duly received just months later and has been a regular ever since.

12.Brad Barritt

South African born centre Barritt has 22 senior caps for England after qualifying for selection through his parents despite having played age grade rugby for South Africa for several years prior.

13.Kelly Haimona

The New Zealand born stand-off is able to play at fly half, centre of full back and now looks set to be a regular feature in the Italian national side as they head into the Six Nations and World Cup in 2015.

14.Sean Maitland

Maitland is another New Zealand national who moved over to Scotland after failing to make the All Blacks side in a bid to enter the reckoning for Scottish selection thanks to his Scottish grandparents.

15.Scott Spedding

Much like Kockott, Spedding is a South African born Frenchman who qualifies for Les Bleus on residency rules. It’s hard to argue against his inclusion given his emotional reaction to being called up late last year.

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  1. 5 of the starting number 8’s were not born in the country that that represent:

    England – Billy Vunipola – Brisbane (Australia)
    Ireland – Jamie Heaslip – Tiberias (Israel)
    Italy – Sergio Parisse – La Plata (Argentina)
    Scotland – David Denton – Marondera (Zimbabwe)
    Wales – Toby Faletau – Tofua (Tonga)

    For the complete list of players representing nations they were not born in:

    Dylan Hartley (New Zealand)
    Alex Corbisiero (USA)
    Mako Vunipola (New Zealand)
    Billy Vunipola (Australia)
    Brad Barritt (South Africa)

    Uini Atonio (New Zealand)
    Thierry Dusautoir (Ivory Coast)
    Bernard le Roux (South Africa)
    Yannick Nyanga (Zaire)
    Rory Kockott (South Africa)
    Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Ireland)
    Sofiane Guitome (Algeria)
    Noa Nakaitaci (Fiji)

    Rob Herring (South Africa)
    Richardt Strauss (South Africa)
    Michael Bent (New Zealand)
    Nathan White (New Zealand)
    Mike McCarthy (England)
    Jordi Murphy (Spain)
    Robbie Diack (South Africa)
    Jamie Heaslip (Israel)
    Isaac Boss (New Zealand)
    Kieran Mamion (England)
    Jared Payne (New Zealand)

    Matias Aguero (Argentina)
    Martin Castrogiovanni (Argentina)
    Dario Chistolini (South Africa)
    George Biagi (Scotland)
    Joshua Furno (Australia)
    Quentin Geldenhuys (South Africa)
    Robert Barbieri (Canada)
    Sergio Parisse (Argentina)
    Kelly Haimona (New Zealand)
    Luke McLean (Australia)

    Jim Hamilton (England)
    Ben Toolis (Australia)
    Hugh Blake (New Zealand)
    Blair Cowen (New Zealand)
    Rob Harley (England)
    Hamish Watson (England)
    David Denton (Zimbabwe)
    Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Spain)
    Henry Pyrgos (England)
    Greg Tonks (South Africa)
    Sean Maitland (New Zealand)
    Tommy Seymour (USA)
    Tim Visser (Netherlands)

    Aaron Jarvis (England)
    Jake Ball (England)
    Luke Charteris (England)
    James King (Australia)
    Dan Lydiate (England)
    Toby Faletau (Tonga)
    Gareth Anscombe (New Zealand)
    Jonathan Davies (England)
    Hallam Amos (England)
    Alex Cuthbert (England)
    George North (England)

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