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An England XV Made Up Of Players Born Abroad

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Dylan Hartley of England sings the national anthem prior to the Old Mutual Wealth Cup match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on May 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

England’s depth of players has never been in doubt. The population, the love of rugby and the funding pumped in outweighs other rugby-playing countries.

Following many Under-20 World Cup wins, England claim to have the best youth system in the world, which it may be, but with help from abroad. However, as we know in international rugby, not everyone is as they seem. Although players may play for one country, their birthplace is a whole different thing.

In the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Samoa had 13 New Zealanders in their side while tier one nations like Wales even had eleven foreign-born players. This highlights the diversity that’s in rugby right now.

England in fact have many foreign-born players; they’ve got players from five different continents available for selection. As great as the England youth system is, lots of these players grew up playing rugby elsewhere.

With all that said, here is an England XV made up of players born abroad:

1. Mako Vunipola – born in Wellington, New Zealand

2. Dylan Hartley – born in Rotorua, New Zealand

3. Paul Hill – born in Aschaffenburg, Germany

4. Mike Williams – born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

5. Nathan Hughes – born in Lautoka, Fiji

6. Jack Clifford – born in Brisbane, Australia

7. Teimana Harrison – born Opotiki, New Zealand

8. Billy Vunipola – born in Sydney, Australia

9. Joe Simpson – born in Sydney, Australia

10. Gareth Steenson (qualifies through residency) – born in Dungannon, Northern Ireland

11. Semesa Rokoduguni – born in Nausori, Fiji

12. Ben Te’o – born in Auckland, New Zealand

13. Manu Tuilagi – born in Fogapoa, Savai’i, Samoa

14. Marland Yarde – born in Castries, Saint Lucia

15. Charlie Sharples – born in Hong Kong

Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.