Most Test Tries XV | McCaw, O'Driscoll and more!

Most Test Tries XV | McCaw, O'Driscoll and more!

We take a look at the top try scorers in test rugby by putting together a XV of players who crossed the whitewash the most times during their careers.

New Zealand, understandably feature more than any other side, with five All Blacks making the XV.

While the names from the Tier one nations are more recognisable there are a few Tier Two legends that make the side from Georgia, USA, Japan, Namibia, Uruguay and Japan.

Just two players who feature in the side are still available for test selection with the rest being retired. 

1 Tony Woodcock - New Zealand 10 Tries 

Woodcock started 105 of his 118 tests and bagged 10 tries with over 100 test wins to his name. His final game for the All Blacks was in the 2015 RWC against Tonga.


2 Joe Taufete'e - USA 20 Tries:

Keith Wood misses out to the young gun with 15 tries to his name. Taufete'e made his international debut against the Springboks in 2015 during the RWC.

3 Martin Castrogiovanni - Italy 12 Tries:

He may have been born in Argentina but he is an Italian legend playing 119 Tests and nearly 150 appearances for Leicester Tigers. A powerhouse that knew how to score a try. 

4 Mamuka Gorgodze - Georgia 27 Tries:

The cult hero Mamuka Gorgodze beats Mark Andrews to the 4 jumper. The Georgian made a name for himself in France playing for Montpellier and then Toulon.

5 Hitoshi Ono - Japan 13 Tries:

Sadly Ono was unable to make it to a century of Tests for Japan, cruelly stranded on 98 but the legend scored 13 tries over his 12 year international career.

6 Rohan Kitshoff - Namibia 22 Tries:

Kishoff played in three World Cups for Namibia and beats Neil Back to the flanker position who scored 17 tries for Engand and the British and Irish Lions.

7 Richie McCaw - New Zealand 27 Tries:

Jacobus Otto of Germany on 25 tries comes closest to knocking McCaw off his perch but the legendary All Black captain cruises in to the side with 17 Rugby Championship tries - including 11 against Australia - making up most of his scoring.

8 Diego Ormaechea - Uruguay 41 Tries:

The Uruguayan comfortably beats the like of Kieran Read and Zinzan Brooke into the side with 41 tries. He was followed by Takashi Kikutani of Japan with  32 Tries.

9 Joost van der Westhuizen - South Africa 38 Tries:

Many regard the World Cup-winning Springbok as the best that has played the game. 6 World Cup tries to his name in the 38 total he scored for the Boks.

10 Beauden Barrett - New Zealand 36 tries:

Barrett beats Dan Carter to 10 having scored 25 tries starting in the famed Black 10 jersey with Carter scoring 24. Dan Carter finished his stellar international career on 29 total tries for the New Zealanders.

11 Bryan Habana - South Africa 67 Tries:

Habana and David Campese fought it out for the 11 jumper with the Springbok taking the honours with Campo having scored 64 tries.

12 Tana Umaga - New Zealand 36 Tries:

Both Jeremy Guscott & Ma'a Nonu scored 31 tries in the midfield but can not beat Tana Umaga.

13 Brian O'Driscoll - Ireland 47 Tries:

The Irishman beats England's Will Greenwood on 31 tries. O'Driscoll played 141 Tests for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions coming off the bench just once in his entire test career.

14 Daisuke Ohata - Japan 69 Tries:

Ohata was a try-scoring machine as he touched down 69 times in just 58 Tests and beats All Black Doug Howlett who dotted down 49 times for the New Zealanders.

15 Christian Cullen - New Zealand 46 Tries:

What side would be complete without Cullen at the back? 40 of his tries came from him starting in the 15 jumper for the All Blacks. He beats Hirotoki Onozawa who scored 55 times for Japan but played a majority of his games on the wing. Chris Latham and Serge Blanco were both in the running too.

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