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John Griffiths February 8, 2014
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For each SANZAR country, who has the highest number of Super Rugby caps without ever earning a Test cap? Rav4

The only uncapped Super Rugby player with a century of appearances in the tournament is South Africa's Jacques Botes.

The 30-year-old Sharks back-rower made his Super debut against The Stormers on February 25 2005 and has racked up 114 appearances for them (up to the end of the 2013 campaign).

Paul Tito, more recently a Cardiff Blues skipper, made 89 Super Rugby appearances - more than any other uncapped New Zealander. After making his Super debut for the Waikato Chiefs (five matches) in 1999, he joined The Hurricanes for whom he played 84 times before coming to Wales.

The Western Force's Tim Fairbrother holds the record for most appearances by a player who has turned out for an Australian franchise without winning a Test cap. He played in 81 Super matches, though the first 58 of those were for The Hurricanes in his native New Zealand.

The prop, who was eligible to play for Australia through a grandparent, was with the Force in 23 games in 2010 and 2011 before playing a season in London with Harlequins.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.
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