Our Greatest XV Of All Time

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We select our greatest XV of all time based on the best rugby players to have ever graced the game…

15.Serge Blanco

Blanco epitomised everything that was great about French rugby – he had flair in abundance and was always willing to take a risk.

14.Jonah Lomu

All Blacks winger Lomu had a huge impact on the game of rugby after making a huge impact on anyone who stood in his way.

13.Brian O’Driscoll

O’Driscoll may never have been the biggest or fastest centre, however his ability to read the game makes him one of the best of all time.

12.Phillippe Sella

Much like Blanco, Sella came at a time where French rugby was a thing of beauty as the side through the ball about to devastating effect.

11.David Campese

Campese was quite simply one of the most devastating wingers to have ever graced the game using his anticipation and vision to great effect.

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10.Dan Carter

Injuries may have slowed him down of late, however on his day Carter is quite simply unplayable and will go down as possible the greatest player of all time.

9.Gareth Edwards

Edwards was quite simply the complete package and would no doubt have been as effective today as he was during the 70’s.

8.Zinzan Brooke

All Blacks number 8 Zinzan Brooke was one of several New Zealanders who helped redefine the way in which loose forwards played.

7.Michael Jones

There is a serious debate to be had over whether McCaw or Jones should feature here, however in this instance it makes sense to include both.

6.Richie McCaw

McCaw has been an incredible leader for the All Blacks during a period of complete dominance and is still going strong.

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5.John Eales

A double World Cup winner, Eales was a master of the line-out and gained instant respect without having to shout to make himself heard.

4.Martin Johnson

Johnson may not have been the most technically excellent second row of all time, however his grunt work and leadership make him irreplaceable.

3.Jason Leonard

It’s pretty rare to find a prop capable of reaching 100 caps, however Leonard was the first and still one of the best of all time.

2.Sean Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick was quite simply one of the most determined players to ever pull on an All Blacks jersey and a truly World Class player.

1.Graham Price

Price was the bedrock of the Welsh pack in the 1970’s and remains the most capped Welsh Lion in history.

Who would make your all time greatest XV?

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  1. I lost count of the amount of times you wrote “quite simply.”

  2. Brett Johan Birkenstock

    No Matfield, du Preez, Joost, Habana, du Randt, Burger, Gerber…..

    Mmm… not so sure about your team…

    • You want to take burger over McCaw and Jones. Habana over which of the wigers? Cause he’s definitely not better than lomu or campese. Get your head screwed on.

      • Brett Johan Birkenstock

        Burger over Jones 100%….. Habana is on par with both especially if you consider his work rate and defensive work…

        Eales over Matfield….. mmmm

        No du Randt…. ja sure!

        • I would have matfield over johnson, dominating that lineout and providing more breakdown work

        • You missed seeing Jones in 87-88. He was unreal. better than McCaw. There I just said it. The loosies should be Jones, Berger and Read (or Benazzi – the guy that Derek Bevan got a gold watch for denying that try in 95)

          • Brett Johan Birkenstock

            Lets not get started on refs… bryce

          • Haha too true. Bryce Lawrence did a Wayne Barnes on you Saffers, only reffing one team. Hate to say it but this years WC will be no different

  3. No south africans? Some south joost, du preez, matfield, habana to name few? Some times these articles seem a bit biased!

  4. 15. Christian Cullen
    14. Jonah Lomu
    13. Brian O’Driscoll
    12. Jeremy Gusgott
    11. Brian Habana
    10. Dan Carter
    9. Joost van der Westhuizen
    8. Zinzan Brooke
    7. Richie McCaw
    6. George Smith
    5. Victor Matfield
    4. Martin Johnson
    3. Os du Randt
    2. Sean Fitzpatrick
    1. Adam Jones

  5. 15. Christian Cullen 14. Jason Robinson 13. Danie Gerber 12.,Tim Horan. 11. Jonah Lomu 10. Carter / Wilkinson (whoever manages to stay fit) 9. Joost vdw 8. Zinzan Brooke 7. Schalk Burger 6. Richie McCaw 5. John Eales 4. Victor Matfield 3. Os du Rant 2. Sean Fitzpatrick 1. Martin Castrogiovani 16. John Smit 17. Carl Hayman 18. Martin Johnson 19. George Smith 20. George Gregan 21. Naas Botha 22. Chris Latham

  6. This is only from the 70s not ‘All Time’. Where’s Mighty Mouse or Willie John or JPR?

  7. I’d aggree with most of it but my main gripe itcwith Leonard. Granted a centurion but around 40 of his caps were off the bench. There’s been much better.

  8. Cullen
    Robinson
    O’driscoll
    sella
    lomu
    carter
    pichot
    brooke
    mccaw
    burger
    Matfied
    meades
    Sommerville
    Fitzpatrick
    Durandt
    reserves:castrogiovanni, du plessis, chris jack, Grizz fucking wyllie, gregan, mehrtens, Ben smith

  9. No South African you got your list wrong or you just biased,I can name a few,Ray MMordt,Joots Van der westuizen,Os Du randt,Bakkies Botha even Victor Matfield was better than John Eales you guys are so biased its really pathetic.

  10. shane williams , adam jones …..jamie roberts wales XV

  11. Habana, Matfield, du Randt over Campese, Johnson and eother one of the props. Also Joost over Edwards can be argued.

  12. I’m a kiwi and Zinzan isn’t even the best No 8 in New Zealand (Buck, Lahore and Read had it over Zinny any day).

    BTW Danie Gerber was the greatest centre even; no argument.

    I’d question Campo too. He could win you a game, but he could also lose it – I never saw him make a tackle.

  13. I’m only going to do players that i’ve seen play (91ish onwards)
    15. Blanco
    14. Shane Williams or Lomu
    13. Sella
    12. Blanco
    11. Campese
    10. Carter
    9. JvdW
    8. Parisse
    7. McCaw
    6. Hill
    5. Eales
    4. Johnson
    3. Du Randt
    2. Fitzpatrick
    1. Gethin Jenkins

  14. All I want to know is what you smoke when you write these article some times, I think it started out soo good and the quality has just gone down the drain. Actually unfollowing this crap right now

  15. Bakkies has achieved far more than Johnson has and yet he is not even there its sad really…and many other saffas over time should be there as well..

  16. This would be my top 15 with Reserves

    15. Christian Cullen – NZ
    14. Bryan Habana – SA
    13. Brian O’Driscoll – IR
    12. Tim Horan – AU
    11. Jonah Lomu – NZ
    10. Daniel Carter – NZ
    9. Joost Van Der Westhuizen – SA
    8. Zinzan Brooke – NZ
    7. Richie McCaw – NZ
    6. Micheal Jones – NZ
    5. John Eales – AU
    4. Martin Johnson – EN
    3. Olo Brown – NZ
    2. Sean Fitzpatrick – NZ
    1. Nick Popplewell – IR

    16. Keith Wood – IR
    17. Tendai Mtawarira – SA
    18. Owen Franks – NZ
    19. Victor Matfield – SA
    20. George Smith – AU
    21. George Gregan – AU
    22. Stephen Larkham – AU
    23. Serge Blanco – FR

  17. I think there is a lot of debate to be had, but if you want the best of all time you would have to put Colin (pine tree) Meads in just for a start.

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