Picking a Pacific Islanders XV Including Their Exiles

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Picking a Pacific Islanders XV Including Their Exiles
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The Pacific Islands have become accustomed to losing many of their best players to other nations due to migration and economic factors. Based on a model derived from the British and Irish Lions, from 2004 to 2008 they produced a combined team that toured every two years.

With Will Skelton and Malakai Fekitoa just beginning their Australian and All Black careers respectively, now is an appropriate moment to look at other stars the Pacific Islands missed out on. 

Here is a XV selected from all the current players eligible to play for Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea, including those playing for Australia, New Zealand, England and Wales. The islanders miss their exiled world-class players, but put them all together, and this would be a side able to match the best in the world.

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