President's Overseas XV

Not to be confused with Overseas Unions rugby union team.
President's Overseas XV[a]

Programme for the President's Overseas XV match played in 1971

The President's Overseas XV was a 1971 rugby union squad, chosen to celebrate the centenary of the English Rugby Football Union, the oldest national rugby organisation in existence.[1]

The players were chosen from five nations Australia, Fiji, France, New Zealand and South Africa and were considered to be the finest in the game at the time. Scottish, Welsh and Irish players were not in the selection, nor ones from several other major rugby playing nations, e.g. Argentina, Canada, Italy, Romania, the USSR, USA or Japan, or the other two main Pacific nations, Western Samoa, and Tonga.

The President's Overseas won 28-11.

The President's selection

The complete squad is as follows:


  1. S. M. Going named in programme as replacement.
  2. Carrière, Cester, Barley, Bertranne, and McCallum were not named in the programme teamsheet, but were detailed in the player profiles.

The match

The game was played at Twickenham in front of 50,000 spectators. Test caps were awarded, and Dixon and Creed earned their first caps for England in this match.[2]

April 17, 1971
England 11 (3) 28 (3) President's Overseas XV
Try: Hiller

Con: Hiller
Penalty Goal: Hiller (2)
Try: Kirkpatrick (2)
Williams (3)
Con: Villepreux (5)
Penalty Goal: None
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: M Titcomb (Gloucestershire)
Touch judge - Air Cdre G.C.Lamb CBE AFC (RAF)
Touch judge -R.F.Johnson (Kent)

England: R Hiller (Harlequins); J Janion (Bedford); J Spencer (c) (Headingley); D Duckham (Coventry); P Glover (Bath); A Cowman (Loughborough Colleges); N Starmer-Smith (Harlequins); C Stevens (Harlequins); J Pullin (Bristol); F Cotton (Loughborough Colleges); P Larter (Northampton); C Ralston (Richmond); R Creed (Coventry); A Neary (Broughton Park); P Dixon (Harlequins); Replacements: A Johnson (Northampton); J Page (Bedford); R Webb (Coventry); I Wright (Northampton); J Broderick (Coventry); R Hannaford (Bristol)

President's Overseas XV: Pierre Villepreux, ( France); Stephen Knight, ( Australia); Jo Maso, ( France); Joggie Jansen, ( South Africa); Bryan Williams, ( New Zealand); Wayne Cottrell, ( New Zealand); Dawie de Villiers, ( South Africa); Roy Prosser, ( Australia); Peter Johnson, ( Australia); Hannes Marais, ( South Africa); Colin Meads, ( New Zealand); Frik du Preez, ( South Africa); Greg Davis, ( Australia); Brian Lochore, ( New Zealand) (captain); Ian Kirkpatrick, ( New Zealand); Unused or absent - John Cole, ( Australia); Ron Urlich, ( New Zealand); Jona Qoro, ( Fiji); George Barley, ( Fiji); Elie Cester, ( France); Christian Carrière, ( France); Ian McCallum, ( South Africa); Roland Bertranne, ( France)


  1. Note- the RFU predates the split into rugby union and rugby league.
  2. match summary

See also

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 5/10/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.