We’ve put together a team of Kiwis and Aussies that have either played for England or English individuals who have a close connection to either country.
1) Perry Freshwater
Current loosehead Mako Vunipola is of Tongan heritage, but was born in Wellington before moving to Wales in his early childhood. However, former Leicester Tigers prop Perry Freshwater has more of a claim to being a true Kiwi, with the ten-cap prop representing New Zealand at Schoolboys, U19 and U21 levels.
Another former Tigers prop Boris Stankovich also has English and New Zealander connections, with the loosehead born in Auckland but representing England at U19 and U21 age grade levels.
2) David Paice
Australian-born-and-bred Paice has made 250 appearances for London Irish and it was at the Reading-based club where he went on to play for England.
England captain Dylan Hartley was born in Rotorua but qualified for England through his English mother.
3) Josh Hohneck
The former Highlanders tighthead was born in Pukehoke in Auckland and recently moved to Gloucester for the current Premiership season. He qualifies for England through his English mother.
4) Martin Johnson
You’re probably wondering why this writer has included former England captain Johnson in the team. Well, Johnson spent time living in New Zealand and played for New Zealand Colts during his time there.
Former All Black lock Ali Williams also has an English connection – both his parents were born in the country and emigrated to New Zealand later in life.
5) Tom Palmer
Former England lock Palmer spent 18 months living in New Zealand studying at Otago Boys High School, where he was a team mate and good friend with now legendary All Black Richie McCaw.
6) Jack Clifford
Current England backrower Jack Clifford was born in Brisbane but moved to England in his childhood.
7) Michael Lipman
Former Bristol and Bath openside Lipman was actually born in London, but grew up in Australia, attending school in Sydney. He later went on to represent Australia U21s before heading to Bristol, eventually earning ten caps for England.
Current England squad member Teimana Harrison was born in Opotiki in Bay of Plenty, and qualified for England through his father who was born in Derby and emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 9.
8) Thomas Waldrom
Whilst Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola was born in Sydney, like his brother he spent much of his childhood living in Wales.
Thomas Waldrom, who has earnt four caps for his adopted country, was born in Lower Hutt in Wellington and later discovered he had an English grandmother – meaning he qualified to wear the Red Rose through parentage rather than residency.
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9) Joe Simpson
Sydney-born Simpson is still stuck on a solitary cap for the Red Rose, but his current form suggests it will not be long before he adds to his tally. Simpson’s mother is from New Zealand and his father is English.
Warwick Lahmert is probably not a name you may have heard of, but the Waikanae-born England Sevens representative also featured for New Zealand Sevens on five occasions, later switching allegiance through his English mother.
10) Henry Paul
Tokoroa-born fly-half and centre Paul played 24 times for New Zealand at rugby league, but his decision to cross codes into union eventually saw him represent his new country on six occasions – as well as featuring for the Sevens team.
11) Jack Wilson
Born in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, Wilson originally played for the New Zealand Sevens team before switching allegiance to England last year. Wilson also played 13 times for Saracens and signed for Bath for this season.
12) Jamie Salmon
Salmon is one of the very few players to have played for both the All Blacks and another international team. However, Salmon also featured for England against New Zealand – winning seven caps for the ABs and twelve for the Red Rose.
Ben Te’o is the latest Kiwi league player to make the transition into union, but earned a name for reliability and consistency at Leinster before heading to Worcester Warriors this season.
13) Riki Flutey
Both Flutey and Shontayne Hape played at inside centre for England, but adding in Te’o and Henry Paul it seems England have constantly looked to New Zealand exiles as a way of filling the troubling 12 jersey since Will Greenwood retired.
Flutey is one of the few players in the world to have played both for and against the Lions.
14) Lesley Vainikolo
Although born in Tonga, Vainikolo grew up in New Zealand and went on to represent his country in rugby league on 12 occasions. His transfer over to union in 2007 saw him earn five England caps under Brian Ashton.
15) Mark van Gisbergen
Hamilton-born van Gisbergen made one very brief appearance for England in 2005, coming on as a late replacement for Mark Cueto during a 26 – 16 defeat to Australia at Twickenham.
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