Australian XV playing in European Champions & Challenge Cup

There has been plenty of chat over the past 18 months about the depth in Australian rugby and the player drain to cash strapped clubs in Europe and Japan.

As the Pool stages of Europe’s Champions and Challenge Cup come to an end, we thought we’d put together a side of Australian players starring for their respective sides in recent weeks.

And it’s not a half bad side.

Australian XV playing in European Champions/Challenge Cup:

1 Paul Alo Emile (Stade Francais)

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau (Leicester)

3 Cameron Orr (Gloucester)

4 Will Skelton (Saracens)

5 Greg Peterson (Glasgow)

6 Ben Mowen (Pau)

7 Liam Gill (Lyon)

8 Tala Grey (Toulouse)

9 Nic White (Exeter)

10 Christian Lealiifano (Ulster)

11 Joe Tomane (Montpellier)

12 Matt Toomua (Leicester)

13 Rob Horne (Northampton)

14 Lachie Turner (Exeter)

15 Jesse Mogg (Montpellier)

Extended Bench:

Greg Holmes (Exeter)

Steve Mafi (Castres)

Steven Cummins (Scarlets)

Curtis Browning (Oyannax)

Luke Jones (Bordeaux)

Cruze Ah-Nau (Zebre)

Ben Tapuai (Bath)

Michael Dowsett (Worcester)

Peter Betham (Clermont)

Paul Asquith (Scarlets)

Semi Radradra (Toulon)

Afusipa Taumoepeau (Castres)

Alofa Alofa (Harlequins)