Political objections to South Africa's apartheid policies, including a potential boycott of the 1986 Commonwealth Games and state of emergency in South Africa at the time, lay behind this decision. Managed by Clive Rowlands and coached by Mick Doyle the Lions squad of 21 players was the nearest thing to an official 1986 Lions team. Jonathan Davies and Bleddyn Bowen, both Wales, pulled out of the Lions squad due to injury and were replaced by Malcolm Dacey and John Rutherford.
The players were issued with Lions' blazers and ties and considered to be official British & Irish Lions. Rowlands and Doyle were joined on the selection panel by John Finlan (England), Iain MacGregor (Scotland, Willie John McBride (Ireland) and Arthur Lewis (Wales). The game was played at the National Ground, Cardiff Arms Park, on Wednesday, 16 April, 1986, and the Rest of the World XV was managed by Australia's Bob Templeton and coached by New Zealand's Brian Lochore.
Gavin Hastings (Scotland); Trevor Ringland (Ireland), Brendan Mullin (Ireland), John Devereux (Wales), Rory Underwood (England); John Rutherford (Scotland), Rob Jones (Wales); Jeff Whitefoot (Wales), Colin Deans (Scotland, captain), Des Fitzgerald (Ireland), Wade Dooley (England), Donal Lenihan (Ireland), John Jeffrey (Scotland), Nigel Carr (Ireland), John Beattie (Scotland)
Replacements Used: Iain Paxton (Scotland) for Dooley 30 mins; Malcolm Dacey (Wales) for Rutherford 38 mins
Replacements Unused: Michael Kiernan (Ireland), Richard Hill (England), Iain Milne (Scotland), Steve Brain (England)
Try: John Beattie
Pen: Gavin Hastings
Serge Blanco (France); Patrick Estève (France), Andy Slack (Australia, captain), Michael Lynagh (Australia), John Kirwan (New Zealand); Wayne Smith (New Zealand), Nick Farr-Jones (Australia); Topo Rodriguez (Australia), Tom Lawton (Australia), Gary Knight (New Zealand), Steve Cutler (Australia), Schalk Burger (South Africa), Murray Shaw ( New Zealand), Simon Poidevin ( Australia), Murray Mexted ( New Zealand)
Tries: Nick Farr-Jones, Simon Poidevin;
Cons: Michael Lynagh 2;
Pen: Michael Lynagh
R C Francis (New Zealand)