Best player never to play for your nation?

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Best player never to play for your nation?

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Isa Nacewa for NZ. I hear he's still doing well in Ireland in his mid 30s.
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Ger Earls, Keith's dad.
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Billy Boston.
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Caucau.

Understandable, tho.
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LeBron James, would've been an awesome 2nd row.
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henry wrote:Billy Boston.
This and only this for Wales.
Admirable mention to Clive Sullivan as well.
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Rupert Moon.
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Hellraiser wrote:Ger Earls, Keith's dad.
My first thought as well :thumbup:

And Zappa of course.
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George North in his prime.
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That Evans guy who played for the Quins.
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Isa did play for his nation - Fiji capped and all.
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Patrick Lambie.

Would have been properly managed and the best 10 bar none
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Duane Monkley in terms of never capped for anyone else.

If we're talking NZ born & raised but capped for another country, Kahn Fotuali'i.
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nardol wrote:Isa did play for his nation - Fiji capped and all.
He was poached by Fiji.
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Mark Chisholm
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shanky wrote:Mark Chisholm
Come again?
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For Wallabies, Wally Lewis. Ex schoolboy rugby player.
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
shanky wrote:Mark Chisholm
Come again?
It’s a joke

I was implying he was invisible

Geddit? Eh? Eh? Pretty funny I thought, yeah
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Bryn Cunningham
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Wally Lewis.

/thread
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shanky wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:
shanky wrote:Mark Chisholm
Come again?
It’s a joke

I was implying he was invisible

Geddit? Eh? Eh? Pretty funny I thought, yeah
He was far far from invisible, he always showed a lot of spunk I thought.
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John Eales.

(Or on a more serious note, Martin Johnson)
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
shanky wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:
shanky wrote:Mark Chisholm
Come again?
It’s a joke

I was implying he was invisible

Geddit? Eh? Eh? Pretty funny I thought, yeah
He was far far from invisible, he always showed a lot of spunk I thought.
Secret Brumbies fan?
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shanky wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:
shanky wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:
shanky wrote:Mark Chisholm
Come again?
It’s a joke

I was implying he was invisible

Geddit? Eh? Eh? Pretty funny I thought, yeah
He was far far from invisible, he always showed a lot of spunk I thought.
Secret Brumbies fan?
When you see men like Chisholm you can't help but be a fan.
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Jerome Kaino

Born in USA, poached by Kiwis. Sad.
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fonzeee wrote:Jerome Kaino

Born in USA, poached by Kiwis. Sad.
ROG too for you guys.
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Everyone apart from KeeWees should answer Richard McCaw
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Bindi wrote:Wally Lewis.

/thread
What position did Wally play in rugby - midfield right? From my reading of that famous schoolboys tour he didn't make the top team that often in a backline featuring the Ellas, O'Connor and Melrose. So, potentially he probably was but maybe his talents were better suited to league?
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"Best player never to play for your nation?"

Richie McCaw or Dan Carter. Would have been incredible if they played for England or Wales.
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Stephane Terblanche
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Caucau not playing for NZ is a damn tragedy.
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I really need to rewatch Mark Chisolm's highlights again.
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Joost wrote:Stephane Terblanche
Will never make me not smile :nod:
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
When you see men like Chisholm you can't help but be a fan.

Gun show!

:lol:

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I often wonder how good Quade Cooper could have been had he stayed in the NZ rugby system.
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Troll wrote:
Joost wrote:Stephane Terblanche
Will never make me not smile :nod:
In hindsight, he was probably high...


:blush:
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For France Reynaud Peillard.
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Dave Gallaher
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James Coughlan from recent times. Ger Earls from the amateur era
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James “Cubby boi” Davies
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