The versatile rugby XV: The players who played multiple positions
This 15 is made up of players who played numerous different positions during their international careers…
Fullback: Mike Catt (Fly-half, Winger, Centre, Fullback)
Catt’s England debut came in 1994 against Wales, as a replacement for fly-half Rob Andrew, but he came to international prominence as a fullback. Indeed, Catt’s international career took in caps at fly-half, fullback, centre and wing. He starred at fullback during England’s 1995 Grand Slam before being selected for the World Cup in South Africa later that year.
Catt’s most memorable contribution at the World Cup was to be unceremoniously trampled by a rampaging Jonah Lomu during the semi-final match against New Zealand. He then featured in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup final.
Winger: Ben Smith (Winger, Centre, Fullback)
Kicking loosely to Smith, no matter what position he’s playing, is asking for trouble and those who do so usually get it. Were a World XV to take on Mars tomorrow, he would cause the guys in red more problems than most.
Centre: Kurtley Beale (Fly-half, Winger, Centre, Fullback)
Centre: Matt Giteau (Scrum-half, Fly-half, Winger, Centre)
Blessed with enormous natural ability, has been able to turn his hand to scrum-half, fly-half and centre. Test career seemed over when he headed off to win three European Cups with Toulon but returned to sparkle at the 2015 World Cup.