Whilst the word ‘legends’ is all too often thrown around without cause, we believe this teams represents the cream of the current crop of internationals…

15.Adam Ashley-Cooper

The Australian utility back has been a key player for the Wallabies over the last 10 years, even if fans outside of Australia may not appreciate his importance.

14.Tommy Bowe

Maybe not as widely appreciated outside of Ireland as he should be, Bowe has been a key figure for Ireland since their resurgence as a potent force on the world stage.

13.Conrad Smith

Maybe not the most physically gifted rugby player, but he more than compensates with his understanding of the game, a true All Blacks great.

12.Jean de Villiers

Rugby fans around the world will be desperately hoping de Villiers can return for fitness for the World Cup, such is his stature in the wider rugby community.

11.Bryan Habana

Habana has been an iconic figure for the Springboks over the last decade and continues to run in the tries despite his ageing years.


10.Dan Carter

Injuries may have marred the last few years of Carter’s career but there’s no denying that he is right up there with the all time rugby greats.

9.Fourie du Preez

The return of du Preez to the Springbok side recently has given the side a huge boost as he continues to improve into his thirties.

8.Sergio Parisse

Parisse is now one of the most iconic players in European rugby, having been the heartbeat of the Italian side for many years now.

7.Richie McCaw

McCaw is quite possibly the finest openside to have ever graced the game, and continues to be revered and vilified in equal measure by fans.

6.Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe

The Los Pumas back rower has been a hugely influential figure for both club and country during a key time for Argentinian rugby.


5.Victor Matfield

Matfield’s return from retirement has been a huge boost for the Springboks, and he looks set to go down as a true great of the game.

4.Paul O’Connell

O’Connell has been one of these players who has continued to improve with age to the point now where he is integral to the current Ireland side.

3.Martin Castrogiovanni

Castro has been central to the rise in standards of the Italian national side over the last 10 years, and still has plenty to give it appears.

2.Keven Mealamu

He may not be quite as integral to the All Blacks as he used to, but as the most capped hooker of all time it’s hard to argue with his presence in this team.

1.Gethin Jenkins

Jenkins may not be the greatest prop of all time, but he has been a true stalwart for Welsh rugby and looks set to continue playing an important role for years to come.