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A World XV is a rugby union team, typically composed of invited players from various countries. Various World XVs have been arranged from time to time, often to take part in celebration and testimonial games, usually against national teams; recent World XV games have generally not been considered test matches.


There have been a number of incarnations of a World XV:

1977 World XV in South Africa

  • A World XV played against South Africa in 1977, losing 45-24.

1980s World XV tours in Argentina

World XVs played two matches against Argentina in the 1980s, losing both: 36–22 in 1980, and 28–20 in 1983. At this time, before the inception of regular international competitions, both Argentina and apartheid-era South Africa struggled to organise matches against other major rugby countries.

1980 World XV tour of Argentina - the match

The match was played at Ferrocaril Oeste, Buenos Aires. Argentina went into half time ahead by 16 points to nil and despite an excellent display in the second half by the World XV Argentina were able to secure a 36-22 win.

<small>Argentina: Martin Sansot; Marcelo Campo; Rafael Madero; Marcelo Loffreda; Adolfo Cappelletti; Hugo Porta (captain); Tomas Landajo; Fernando Morel; Alejandro Cubelli; Topo Rodriguez; Ernesto Ure; Alejandro Iachetti; Gabriel Travaglini; Hector Silva; Ricardo Mastai; Replacements: Used: Daniel Baetti; Not used:: Alejandro Cerioni; Javier Perez Cobo; Marcos Iachetti; Alfredo Soares...
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