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Team News for 2016


Some exciting teamanews for this year's Classic.


Shane Williams (Wales and the British & Irish Lions) was capped on 87 occasions for Wales (2000-2011) and toured three times with the Lions (2005, 2009 & 2013). He is the record try scorer for Wales scoring 58 tries and is also his country’s most capped winger. He was a members of the 2005 & 2008 Welsh Grand Slam teams.

He was the International Rugby Board’s “Player of the Year” in 2008. His Welsh Club Rugby was initially with Neath where he played 94 times from 1998-2003 and then with Ospreys, playing 141 times for 2003 to 2012, scoring a total of 637 points. In 2012 he moved to Japan where he played for Mitsubishi Dynaboars till 2015 as player/coach.

In 2012 he was awarded an MBE for services to rugby. He is a rugby pundit for BBC and ITV and has set his sights on coaching Wales.

Ceri Sweeney (Wales) was capped on 35 occasions for his country from 2003 to 2007 at outhalf.

                Club Career:

                                1998-2003            Pontypridd (91 caps)

                                2003-2004            Celtic Warriors (12)         

                                2004-2007            Newport Gwent Dragons (86)

                                2007-2013            Cardiff Blues (113)

                                2013-                     Exeter Chiefs (16)

He made his first international appearance in 2003 against England and was selected for the squads for the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups as well as for the Barbarians in 2014

James Downey (Ireland)

From 2003 -2006 James (centre) played his Irish club rugby for Leinster (9), Connacht (26) and Munster (3) before moving to Italy in 2006 to play for Calvisano (18). In 2007 he moved to the UK and became an integral part of Northampton Saints where he played 148 times over five seasons. He then returned to Munster for two seasons(2012-14) before joining Glasgow Warriors (2014-2015) and finally Wasps (2015-2016). He played for Ireland A in the 2009 Churchill Cup, which Ireland won, and in 2013 was capped for Ireland against Canada.

Richie Rees (Wales) was capped nine times for his country at scrumhalf from 2010-2012.

                Club Career:

                                                2003-2006            Swansea (52)

                                                2004-2006            Ospreys (16)

                                                2006-2007            London Irish (19)

                                                2007-2012            Cardiff Blues (100)

                                                2012-2013            Edinburgh (23)

                                                2013-2015            Newport Gwent Dragons (48)

Chris Wyatt (Wales) was capped 38 times from 1998 to 2003 at Lock & Number 8.

                Club Career:

                                1993-1994            Newport (22 caps)

                                1994-1996            Neath (30)

                                1996-2006            Llanelli Scarlets (276)

                                2006-2007            Munster (12)

                                2007-2008            Bourgoin (21)

                                2008-2011            Aix-en-Provence (62)

                                2011-2012            USAP 84

                His first cap was also against Zimbabwe in 1998 and played in the 199 and 2003 Rugby World        Cups.

Tony Buckley (Ireland) played 25 times for Ireland at prop from 2007 to 2011 including the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups. He also played 60 times for Connacht, 96 times for Munster and 57 times for Sales Sharks. Rather unusual for a prop he scored a total of 90 points since being over 6’5”, and weighing over 300 pounds, he was unstoppable close to the line.

David Corkery (Ireland) was capped on 27 occasions at flanker for Ireland including the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

Kieron Dawson (Ireland) as capped for Ireland as a flanker at Schoolboy, Students Under-21 and A levels before playing 21 times for his country at full international level. He also played for Ulster on 38 occasions and for London-Irish a total of 190 times.

He was part of the 1999 Rugby World Cup squad.

Ollie Smith (England) played for England at U-19 & U-21 levels as well as for England Saxons before being capped for England in the Six Nations in 2003 at centre. He was capped five times. He was also capped on the Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005. His club career was primarily with Leicester (174 appearances) while he also played for Montpelier and Harlequins.

Neil Best (Ireland) was capped nine times for Ireland A (2008/2009) and 18 times for Ireland (2005-2008) as flanker.

He played 122 times for Ulster ( 2005/08) 50 times for Northampton (2008/10), 62 times for Worcester (2010/13) and 13 times for London Scottish (2013)



6              Tony Buckley                     Prop                      25 caps                 Ireland & Munster

7              James Cockle                     Prop                                                      England U21 & London Irish

3              Adam Black                         Prop                                                   England U21 & Newport Gwent Dragons

12           Chris Fortey                        Hooker                                                 England A & Gloucester

16           Saul Nelson                        Hooker                                                 Wales A & Bristol

1              Chris Bentley                     Lock                                                       England U21 & Exeter Chiefs

14           Adam Jones                       Lock                       2 caps                    Wales & Newport Gwent Dragons

18           Peter Sidoli                         Lock                                                       Wales A & Newport Gwent Dragons

2              Neil Best                              Flanker                 18 caps                 Ireland & Northampton

8              David Corkery    (Capt.)  Flanker                 27 caps                 Ireland & Munster

10           Kieron Dawson                 Flanker                 21 caps                 Ireland & Ulster

20           Nathan Strong                   Flanker                                                 Wales RL & Pontypridd 

22           Neil Thomas                       Flanker                 9 caps                    Wales & Bath

25           Chris Wyatt                         # 8                          38 caps                 Wales & Llanelli Scarlets

17           Richard Rees                      Scrumhalf            9 caps                    Wales & Ospreys

13           Andrew Jenkins                                Scrumhalf            1 cap                      Wales RL & Pontypridd

4              Gareth Bowen                  Outhalf                                                 Wales A & Llanelli Scarlets

21           Ceri Sweeney                    Outhalf                 35 caps                 Wales & Exeter Chiefs

11           James Downey                 Centre                  2 caps                    Ireland & London Wasps

19           Ollie Smith                          Centre                  5 caps                    England, Lions & Harlequins

23           Shane Williams                  Wing                      87 caps                 Wales, Lions & Ospreys

24           Lenny Woodward            Wing                      2 caps                    Wales & Bridgend

5              Spencer Brown                 Wing                      2 caps                    England & Bedford Blues

9              Barry Davies                       Fullback                2 caps                    Wales & Ospreys

15           Gareth King                        Fullback                                                Wales A & Newport Gwent Dragons

                Allan Martin                       Manager              34 caps                 Wales, Lions &  Aberavon

                Willie John McBride                                        66 caps                 Ireland, Lions & Ulster

                Derek McAleese              Coach                    2 caps                    Ireland & Ulster

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Jean-Philippe Grandclaude (France) played three times for his country from 2005 to 2007 at centre. He played his club rugby with Beziers, including three European Challenge Cups and three Heineken Cup games , as well as for US Colomiers (10 caps) and US Perpignan ( 82 caps).

Jean-Baptiste Gobelet (France)was part of the French Sevens team and is currently playing for Stade Francais having played 121 times for Biarritz at centre

Julien Saubade (France) has represent France at Under-19, Under-21 and also at Sevens. He played for Stade Francais on the wing from 2005-2009 and for Racing Metro from 2009-2013

Elvis Vermeulen (France) was capped 10 times for France at flanker from 2001-2008 and was a member of the team which won the 2007 Six Nations scoring the try against Scotland which gave France the title. He played his club rugby for AC Brive from 1998-20011 and for AS Montferrand from 2001-2014.

Alexandre Audebert (France) was capped twice for France at flanker in 2000-2002. He played for Clermont Auvergne on 170 occasions from 1999-2012


Mark Crick (Classic Eagles) hooker who has played 12 times for the USA, having previously been capped at Under-19 and Under-21 for Australia. He played his club rugby with NSW Waratahs (30 caps), Ulster (8) and is currently with Maryland Exiles

Peter Dahl (Classic Eagles) flanker was capped on 15 occasions for the USA and another 6 caps for the USA Sevens

Mose Timoteo (Classic Eagles) was capped 32 times at scumhalf for the USA and a further 125 times for the USA Sevens.

Mike Palefau (Classic Eagles) was fullback for the USA on 12 occasions and played another 165 times for the USA Sevens.

Brian Barnard (Classic Eagles) played four times for the USA on the wing and was a 2004 Collegiate All American

Classic Springboks

Percy Montgomery was the first player to reach 100 caps for South Africa and held the record of 102 caps (1997-2008) for quite some time. He holds the record for most points scored having amassed a total of 893 points. He played in both the 1999 and the 2007 Rugby World Cups and was the top points scorer in the 2007 Cup which South Africa won.

Thinus Delport was capped on 18 occasions for the Springboks from 2000 to 2003 at wing and fullback. He played for six seasons in the UK with Gloucester (2002-04) on 35 occasions and for Worcester (2004-08) on 109 occasions, scoring a total of 144 points. In South Africa he played for the Golden Lions (1997-2001) and Natal Sharks (2002) and played his Super Rugby with the Cats, scoring a total of 267 points.

Conrad Jantjies played 24 Tests for South Africa at fullback from 2001-2008. He also represented his country at junior level in both cricket and football.

Danie Coetzee played in 15 tests for South Africa at hooker from 2002-2006, including the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Gcobani Bobo was capped for South Africa at centre from 2003-2008. He also represented his country at U-19 level. He played in the UK from 2009-2011 for Newcastle Falcons.

Hanyani Shimange played at both hooker and flanker for South Africa on 9 occasions from 2004-2006. He also played at U-21 level for his country.

Tonderai Chavhanga was capped on the wing four times for his country from 2004-2006. He also played at U-21 level and at 7s for South Africa.  He is possibly the fastest player to have played for South Africa running the 100 metres in 10.7 seconds


1              Delarey du Preez             Prop                      2 caps                    Natal Sharks & Lions

16           Hanyani Shimange           Hooker                 9 caps                    Western Province & Cheetahs

2              Danie Coetzee                  Hooker                 15 caps                 Blue Bulls

18           Ethienne Reynecke         Hooker                                                 Lions & Saracens

3              Andries Human                 Prop                                                      Blue Bulls & Boland (93)

4              Ryan Strudwick                 Lock                                                       London-Irish (213)

5              Marco Wentzel                 Lock                       2 caps                    Natal Sharks & London Wasps

19           Nico Breedt                        Lok                                                         Natal Sharks & Cheetahs (65)

6              Corne Steenkamp           Flanker                                                 Pumas

7              Bian Vermaak                    Flanker                                                 Benetton Treviso & Cheetahs

17           Justin Melck                       Flanker                                                 Western province & Saracens

8              Darron Nel                          # 8                                                          Eatern province

9              Neil Cole                              Scrumhalf                                            Natal Sharks (17)

10           Reinhard Gerber              Outhalf                                                 Border (84)

11           Marc Watson                     Wing                      SA 7s (1)                               Lions

12           Gcobani Bobo                    Centre                  6 caps, SA 7s (10)              Lions & Western Province                           

13           Doppies le Grange           Centre                                                                  Lions

22           Thinus Delport                  Centre                  18 caps                                 Lions

14           Tonderai Chavhanga       Wing                      4 caps, SA 7s (2)                                Lions & Western Province

20           Egon Seconds                    Wing                      SA 7s (10)            Western Province & Stormers (90)

21           Marius Schoeman            Wing                      SA 7s

15           Conrad Jantjies                 Fullback                24 caps                 Lions & Western Province

23           Percy  Montgomery        Fullback                102 caps               Natal Sharks & Western Province

                Robbie Kempson             Coach                    37 caps                 Sharks & Western Province

                Mark Wood                        Manager                                              Eastern Province (75)

                                XL Catlin is a sponsor of the Classic Springboks

Classic Pumas

Carlos Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe was capped 65 times for Argentina at lock from 1996-2008. He played in three Rugby World Cups (1999,2003 &2007) and played in the UK for Northampton & Sales

Julio Farias Cabello was capped 30 times for Argentina at either lock or flanker from 2010 to 2013. He was also capped for the Under-21 team (8) and the Argentina Jaguars (5). He played his European club rugby for Rouen (2006/09) and London Welsh (2012/13) and his club rugby in Argentina for Tucaman and Pampas.

Lucas Borges played on the wing for Argentina from 2000 to 2005 on 32 occasions. He played in Europe from 2004 to 2009, primarily with Stade Francais (35), Treviso (20) Dax (18) and Albi (25). He then returned to Argentina in 2011 to play for Pucara.

Federico Martin Aramburu was capped 24 times at centre for his country at 15s and another 11 times at 7s. He moved to Europe in 2004 and played for Biarritz, Perpignan, Dax, Glasgow Warriors and, finally, Casi.

Eusebio Guinazu was capped 36 times at either prop or hooker having previously played for Argentina at U-18, U-19, U-21 and A levels. He European career included playing for Toulon (25) Agen (56), Toulouse (8), Bath (5) and Munster (20)

Gonzalo Longo was capped 51 times at #8 from 199-2007, including the 1999, 2003 & 2007 Rugby World Cups. He played club rugby in France for Narbonne and Clermont Auvergne


  1. Jose das Neves                                   Prop                                                                      Lomas

  2. Eusebio Guinazu                                    Hooker                 36 caps                                 Mendoza

  3. Julio Brolese                                            Prop                      2 caps                                    La Plata

  4. Carlos Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe          Lock                       65 caps                                 Liceo Naval

  5. Simon Bofelli                                           Lock                                                                       Duendes

  6. Pablo Sciaretta                                       Flanker                 A team                                 La Plata

  7. Julio Farias Cabello                                Flanker                 30 caps                                 Tucuman

  8. Alejandro Galli                                        # 8                          A Team                                 Belgrano

  9. Nicolas Bruzzone                                    Scrumhalf            7s                                            SIC

  10. Federico Serra                                        Outhalf                 10 caps                                 SIC

  11. Lucas Borges                                           Wing                      32 caps                                 Pucara

  12. Federico Martin Aramburu                  Centre                  24 caps                                 CASI

  13. Santiago Carballo                                   Centre                  8 caps                                    Alumni

  14. Bernardo Stortoni                                  Wing                      26 caps                                 CASI

  15. Santiago Van Der Ghotte                    Fullback                                A Team                 Alumni

  16. Juan Pablo Angelillo                              Prop                                      A Team                 SIC

  17. Gonzalo Longo                                       Lock                                       51 caps                 SIC

  18. Diego Leberato                                       Flanker                                 A Team                 Hindu

  19. Federcio Castilla                                     Flanker                                                                 Los Tilos

  20. Ramiro Dobal                                          Scrumhalf                            A Team                 Delta

  21. Alberto Di Bernardo                             Outhalf                                 6 caps       Jockey Club Rosario

  22. German Villamil                                      Wing                                      A Tea                     Pucara

  23. Maximiliano Nannini                               Centre                                  5 caps                    Duendes

  24. Alejo Fradua                                             Centre                                                  Jockey Club Rosario

    Rodolfo Ventura                    Manager                                              13 caps

    Mario Larrain                           Doctor

    Mario Botta                              Asst. Doctor

    Rafael Madero                        Coach                                                    41 caps

    Eliseo Branca                            Coach                                                    40 caps

    Mariano Bosch                        Coach                                                    4 caps

    Martin Yanguela                     Official                                                  1 cap

    Pablo Cremaschi                     Official                                                  6 caps

    Sebastian Salvat                     Official                                                  37 caps

    Martin Lerga                            Official                                                  3 caps

    Claudio Cid                                Official

    Carlos Fuchs                             Official

    Classic All Blacks

    Reuben Thorne was capped 50 times from 1999 to 2007 as lock or flanker and was appointed captain throughout 2002 and 2003. He was captain for 22 Test matches resulting in 19 wins during which the All Blacks won the Tri Nations (twice) and the Bledisloe Cup. He was captain in the 2003 Rugby World Cup losing to Australia in the semi-final. He played his club rugby for the Canterbury Crusaders (129) up to 2008 and then for Yahama Jubilo in Japan. He returned to play for the Crusaders in 2011 in the Super 15.

    He led the Crusaders to a perfect season in 2002 with 13 wins from 13 games. He played for the Auckland Blues on 137 occasions from 2002-2015 in Super Rugby and for North Harbour (54) in the ITM Cup.

    Andrew Mehrtens was, without doubt, the All Black of his time!

    He played 70 times (1995-2004) for the All Blacks, scoring 967 points, a record until passed by Dan Carter in 2009 and remains his country’s second highest scorer. His test aggregate would have been higher had he not missed some of the “softer” tests played during his time as an All Black.

    He played in the 1995 and 199 Rugby World Cups. He played a total of 281 first class games, 108 for Canterbury (1,056 points), 87 for Crusaders (981 points and 967 points for the All Blacks. His twelve year career as a first class player resulted in him becoming a national icon and was a huge favourite of fans and a large section of the media.

    Troy Flavell was capped 22 times as lock from 2000 to 2008., he also played for the Maoris

    Rikki Flutey was capped 14 times for England in the centre from 2008-2011 and became in 2009 the first player to play for and against the British and Irish Lions. He previously played for New Zealand at all age groups, including the team that won the U19 World Cup. He also played for the New Zealand Maoris.


    Hawkes Bay                        1998

    Wellington Lions               1999-2005 & 2014            

    London –Irish                    2005-2007

    London Wasps                  2007-2009 & 2010-2012

    Brive                                      2009-2010

    Andrew Hore was capped 83 times for the All Blacks from 2002-2013 at hooker.


    Otago    1998-2000

    Taranaki 2001-2013

    Southland 2014

    Super Rugby, 151 games

    Crusaders 2001

    Hurricanes 2002-2011

    Hurricanes 2012-2014

    Seilala Mapusua was capped 7 times at centre for the Pacific Highlanders (2004-2008) and 26 times for Samoa (2006-2013) including the 2007 World Cup. he playes 126 times for London irish and was named the 2011 Player of the Season.


    Counties Manukau 1998

    Otago    200-2006

    London Irish 2006-2011

    Kubota Spears 2011-2014

    Kamaishi Seawaves 2014-2016

    Super Rugby, 51 games

    Highlanders 2002-2006

    Gavin Williams was capped 16 times at centre for Samoa (2007-2010) and twice for the Pacific Islanders in 2008 scoring 106 points.

    He played for Connacht (28) in 2005-2007 and moved to Dax (51) for 2007-2009 and then Clermont Auvergne (39) for 2009-2013 before joining Stade Francais in 2013. His father Bryan was an All Black

    Xavier Rush was capped 8 times for the All Blacks from 1998-2004 at No.8 being first capped at the age of 21 against Australia. He played 86 games for Auckland Blues from 1997-2005 in Super Rugby and 130 games for Cardiff Blues from 2005-2012


    1              Kees Junior Meuws        Prop                      42 caps                                 Otago   

    17           Andrew Hore                     Hooker                 83 caps                                 Highlanders

    2              Jason Ruthledge               Hooker                                                                 Highlanders

    16           Joe Ward                             Hooker                 2 caps England Saxons   Sale

    18           Kelvin Middleton             Lock                       NZ A                                      Highlanders

    6              Reuben Thorne                Lock                       50 caps                                 Canterbury

    5              Greg Rawlinson                Lock                       4 caps                                    Worcester

    4              Luke Andrews                   Lock                       NZ 7s                                     Hurricanes

    7              Aaron Persico                    Flanker                 56 caps (Italy)                    Rovigo

    24           Scott Waldrom                  Flanker                 4 caps                                    Chiefs

    19           Alex Gough                        Flanker                                                                 Mitsubishi

    8              Deon Muir                          # 8                          30 caps (Maoris)               Chiefs

    3              Paul Miller                           # 8                          2 caps                                    Kurita Water

    20           Xavier Rush                        # 8                          8 caps

    9              Rhys Duggan                      Scrumhalf            1 cap                                      Chiefs

    21           John Weston                     Scrumhalf            Scotland 7s

    10           Charles Hore                      Outhalf                                                                 Highlanders

    25           Andrew Mehrtens          Outhalf                 70 caps                                 Crusaders

    22           Rikki Flutey                         Centre                  14 caps (England) Lions (1)

                                                                                                    NA Maoris

    23           Gavin Williams                   Centre                  16 caps (Samoa)               Stade Francais

    12           Seilala Mapusua               Centre                  26 caps (Samoa)               Kamaishi Seawaves

    15           William Walker                  Centre                  10 caps (Maoris)               Worcester

    13           Nick Collins                         Centre                  NZ 7s                                     Chiefs

    11           Jackie Tarrant                    Wing                      7 caps (Japan)


    Rugby Canada


    Adam Kleeberger played 35 times for Canada at flanker including the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He played club rugby in the UK for Rotherham and London Scottish and had a spell in New Zealand with Auckland.

    Derek Daypuck was capped 17 times at outhalf/centre for Canada from 2004 to 2007, including the 2007 Rugby World Cup

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