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The International Rugby ‘Away Form’ XV

Winning away from home is always a significant challenge for any international rugby team, and this year’s Six Nations is the latest piece of evidence of this.

Out of the 15 games played, Italy – who were mostly dreadful the entire tournament – lost three at home and England defeated Wales in Cardiff. Every other game was a victory for the home team.

So what would a World XV look like made up of the most successful players to have won away from home? We’ve put together a team that always travels well.

The International Rugby ‘Away Form’ XV

World Cup matches and matches at neutral venues are not included in these stats.

1) Tony Woodcock (44 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Jason Leonard (32)
  • 3rd place: Wyatt Crockett (24)

2) Kevin Mealamu (39 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Andrew Hore/Stephen Moore (28)
  • 3rd place: Sean Fitzpatrick (23)

3) Owen Franks (32 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Kensuke Hatakeyama (21)
  • 3rd place: John Hayes/James Slipper (20)

4) Fabien Pelous (31 wins away from home – 24 as a lock)

  • 2nd place: Ali Williams (24)
  • 3rd place: Victor Matfield/Brodie Retallick (23)

5) Sam Whitelock (29 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Mark Andrews/Bakkies Botha/Martin Johnson/Paul O’Connell (22)
  • 3rd place: Hitoshi Ono (21)

6) Jerome Kaino (22 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Richard Hill/Andre Venter (18)
  • 3rd place: David Wilson (17)

7) Richie McCaw (56 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Olivier Magne (18)
  • 3rd place: George Smith (17)

8) Kieran Read (35 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Rodney So’oialo (17)
  • 3rd place: Zinzan Brooke/Dean Richards (16)

9) Piri Weepu (24 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Peter Stringer/Joost van der Westhuizen (23)
  • 3rd place: George Gregan (22)

10) Dan Carter (42 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Ronan O’Gara (22)
  • 3rd place: Rob Andrew (21)

11) Bryan Habana (26 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: David Campese (20)
  • 3rd place: Christophe Dominici (18)

12) Ma’a Nonu (38 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Philippe Sella (27)
  • 3rd place: Jean de Villiers (24)

13) Conrad Smith (33 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Brian O’Driscoll (23)
  • 3rd place: Jeremy Guscott (20)

14) Joe Rokococko/Rory Underwood (22 wins away from home)

  • 2nd place: Julian Savea / Sitiveni Sivivatu (18)
  • 3rd place: Joe Roff / Philippe Saint-Andre (17)

15) Mils Muliaina (32 wins away from home – 28 as a dedicated fullback)

  • 2nd place: Serge Blanco (20)
  • 3rd place: Israel Dagg/Jean-Luc Sadourny (19)

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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