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ESPN staff
December 9, 2014
Jonny Gray was one of Glasgow Warriors' leading lights in the Scotland line-up this November © Getty Images
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Glasgow Warriors had 10 players in Scotland's run-on XV against Argentina. Was this a record? asked Robert Scott from Scotland

Since the professional rugby era began, the Celtic nations have collapsed their club network into a regional/provincial basis.

As a result, it has been more common to see larger representations in national sides from individual regions than was usually the case under the old club system.

It is unlikely that a club side will ever again repeat Cardiff's remarkable feat of supplying 10 members of an international XV - as they did against England, Scotland and France in 1948.

The most successful use of a region's players was arguably made by Warren Gatland for his first match in charge of Wales, when they went to Twickenham in 2008. He named 13 Ospreys players in a side that won 26-19 and went on to win the Grand Slam.

The Test record in this respect is held by New South Wales. The state has provided the entire Australian starting XV several times in the past.

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