All Black legend Zinzan Brooke ranks his five toughest opponents

2. John Eales (Australia)

Nicknamed ‘Nobody’, because ‘nobody’s perfect’, Eales possessed pretty much every skill the modern rugby player requires. Mobility, fantastic hands, mastery of the set piece, advanced reading of the game, strong defence, a huge work rate, and he kicked the goals to boot. The sight of the big second row lining up kicks at goal always provided a sense of wonder for those watching, but the statistics speak for themselves, with Eales kicking a total of 163 international points, including several match-winning attempts.


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