With a combined total of 1640 caps (an average of over 109 caps per person), this team represents the most experienced players who will be appearing at the Rugby World Cup. The side includes 4 All Blacks, 4 Italians, 3 Springboks, 3 Welshmen and 1 Scotsman, with only three players not having reached a century of test caps prior to the World Cup…

15.Sean Lamont (93)

He may not be a regular starter, but due to his versatility, Lamont has become a key utility player on Scotland’s bench, allowing him to rack up the caps.

14.Bryan Habana (106)

The Springboks winger has been his sides stand-out wide option over the last decade, and has shown very few signs of slowing down.

13.Ma’a Nonu (94)

The All Blacks centre will be a huge loss when he moves to France after the World Cup, but his experience will be vital during the tournament.

12.Jean de Villiers (106)

Springbok de Villiers has made an incredible come back from an injury he picked up nine months ago, and will now hope to battle into World Cup contention.

11.Adam Ashley-Cooper (104)

The Wallabies Mr Reliable, Ashley-Cooper has been ever present in their side whether it be on the wings or in the centres.


10.Dan Carter (102)

The scariest thing about Carter is just how many more caps he could have had if he managed to remain injury free over the last few seasons.

9.Mike Phillips (98)

Phillips may now be playing second fiddle to Rhys Webb for Wales, but he still has plenty to offer Warren Gatland’s side.

8.Sergio Parisse (112)

Italy’s most important player over the last 10 years by some margin, Parisse still remains an absolutely vital figure for his side.

7.Richie McCaw (139)

By the end of the World Cup McCaw will be the most capped player of all time, and will be remembered as one of the best ever.

6.Mauro Bergamasco (102)

The Italian flanker has had a few absolute disasters for Italy, but for the most part has been a key figure for his side.


5.Marco Bortolami (111)

The experience Bortolami brings to the Italian second row is absolutely vital, especially with younger players being introduced around him.

4.Victor Matfield (120)

The Springbok lock made an impressive comeback after retirement, and will be hoping to go out with another World Cup to his name.

3.Martin Castrogiovanni (110)

The Italian tighthead is a fan favourite, but continues to more than justify his selection for internationals.

2.Keven Mealamu (124)

Mealamu is now very much the second choice hooker for the All Blacks, but his incredible experience will still prove vital at the World Cup.

1.Gethin Jenkins (119)

The Welsh loosehead continues to remain his sides starting loosehead, despite several other experienced players losing their positions.