REVISITED | Looking back at Sir Clive Woodward’s incredible World XV

Four years ago, World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward had the tough task of picking 15 players to make up a dream team.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he had just two Englishmen in his World XV.

Today, RUCK looks back at his incredible selection…

Clive Woodward’s World XV: 

Israel Folau (Australia)

The disgraces former Wallabies made a cross-code switch and signed for Catalans Dragons, months after being sacked from his previous club over comments about gay people. Halifax’s openly gay forward, Keegan Hirst, said he was “shocked and disappointed” by the signing.


Ben Smith (NZ)

Will go down in history as an All Black legend, winning 84 caps over a decade between 2009 and 2019. A truly world-class operator.


Sonny Bill Williams (NZ)

Toronto Wolfpack have signed cross-code star in a multi-million pound deal that will see him become the most expensive player in rugby union and rugby league history. The 34-year-old forward has won two World Cups in rugby union with New Zealand, making him one of just 21 players to win multiple World Cup titles.


Wesley Fofana (France)

Despite now being 32, he’s still a powerful centre who’s making waves for club and country, scoring 15 tries in his 48 caps.


Juan Imhoff (Argentina)

The speedster is still doing his thing with Racing 92, who he’s been with since 2011, but his choice to remain in France ended his international career. One of the best finishers in the modern game.

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