3. Martin Johnson (New Zealand)
In 1989, the future England captain was approached by former All Black Colin Meads to try out for the King Country side in New Zealand. Johnson’s trial run was successful and he played two seasons for King Country. In 1990 he was even selected for the New Zealand under-21 side which went on a tour of Australia playing a side that included another of the all-time great lock forwards, John Eales.