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The 16th man: Who is every countries most used replacement?

So often the focus is on which players are going to be included in the starting line-up, but in many cases game decisive interventions have been made by replacements, or finishers as Eddie Jones calls them.

Especially when games are so physically demanding, the introduction of a substitute can prove pivotal in determining the course of the game, with their sharpness proving too difficult for weary defenders to deal with.

Click through the gallery below to see who the most used substitute is for each country since 2000 and how many games they have played.

New Zealand – Keven Mealamu

77 starts, 55 replacement appearances


South Africa – Ollie le Roux

11 starts, 43 replacement apperances
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England – Danny Care

33 starts, 40 replacement appearances
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Australia – Tatafu Polota-Nau

30 starts, 46 replacement appearancess
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