Unwanted Bok XV v Unwanted All Blacks XV

2015-08-31 12:07

Cape Town - As much has been made of those players who won't be at the 2015 Rugby World Cup as has been made of those who will be packing their bags.

There were tears of joy - and sadness - after the Springboks confirmed their 31-man squad for the tournament in Durban on Friday night.

Two days later in Wellington, a similar scene played out as Steve Hansen's squad to defend the Webb Ellis Cup was revealed.

It's clear from those not making the trip that the world will be deprived of seeing some tremendous talent from September 18 to October 31 in England and Wales.

So what would an "Unwanted Springbok XV v Unwanted All Blacks XV" line-up look like?

Pretty darn impressive!

The million dollar never-to-be-known answer is obviously, who would win such a match... ?

Unwanted Springbok XV

15 Frans Steyn, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Unwanted All Blacks XV

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Charles Piutau, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Cory Jane, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Joe Moody

Actual Springbok Rugby World Cup squad


Jean de Villiers (captain), Damian de Allende, Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana, Zane Kirchner, Jesse Kriel, Pat Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handre Pollard, Morne Steyn


Willem Alberts, Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield (vice-captain), Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss, Duane Vermeulen

Actual All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad


Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma'a Nonu, Colin Slade, Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow


Kieran Read, Victor Vito, Liam Messam, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (captain), Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks

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