"A fabulous player" - Paul O'Connell ranks his three toughest opponents - Ruck

“A fabulous player” – Paul O’Connell ranks his three toughest opponents

Ireland legend Paul O’Connell has ranked his three toughest opponents from his incredible rugby career.

#1. Victor Matfield

  • Position: Lock
  • Country: South Africa
  • Caps: 127

O’Connell said: “I tried not to fear any opponent, but any international second-row will tell you that Matfield had the ability to destroy your lineout. He’s the best lineout operator I played against. He very rarely made any mistakes.”

Victor Matfield of South Africa wins the ball against Tom Wood of England at the line out – Photo mandatory by-line: Gareth Davies/Pinnacle – Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 – Mobile:0797 1270 681 – VAT Reg No: 768 6958 48 – 15/11/2014 – SPORT – QBE Internationals – RUGBY UNION – England v South Africa – Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England

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