A New Zealanders Playing Abroad XV

What do you think of this for a team?

There’s no country in the world that creates as much rugby talent as New Zealand. Home to the mighty All Blacks some storied franchise’s in Super Rugby, New Zealand is a breeding ground for professional rugby players.

So much talent is produced that inevitably some are forced to move on and carve a career elsewhere. Some could have made it with the All Blacks but just couldn’t resist the temptation, while others wind down once they’ve done their time with the World Champions.

The guys over at Rugby Pass have had a crack at putting together a New Zealander’s playing abroad XV and it’s hard to disagree with it.

The New Zealander’s Playing Abroad XV

  1. Ben Franks (London Irish).
  2. Corey Flynn (Glasgow Warriors)
  3. Ben Tameifuna (Racing 92)
  4. Mark Reddish (Harlequins)
  5. Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester)
  6. Mike Fitzgerald (Leicester Tigers)
  7. Brendan O’Connor (Leicester Tigers)
  8. Victor Vito (La Rochelle)
  9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Leinster)
  10. Dan Carter (Racing 92)
  11. Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets)
  12. Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps)
  13. Bundee Aki (Connacht)
  14. Isaia Toeava (Clermont Auvergne)
  15. Charles Piutau (Ulster)

Replacements:
16. Rhys Marshall (Munster)
17. Aled de Malmanche (Stade Francais)
18. John Afoa (Gloucester)
19. Hayden Triggs (Leinster)
20. Nick Williams (Cardiff Blues)
21. Jono Kitto (Leicester Tigers)
22. Ma’a Nonu (Toulon)
23. Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Blues)

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