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“An icon” – Martin Johnson ranks his top three locks of all-time

England, Leicester and Lions legend Martin Johnson listed his three favourite second-rows from down the years.

A player who led by example and the kind of man you would always want alongside you in the trenches when the chips are down, Johnson would never ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do himself.

He captained the Lions on two tours, including the triumphant 1997 trip to South Africa, while he will always be remembered as the man presented with the 2003 World Cup, which England won in Sydney.

As well as being an inspirational leader, the Leicester lock was also a formidable player in his own right. A rock like presence in the tight, whose rugby motto was if in doubt, go forward.

Check out who he selected in his top three locks of all-time:

#3. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)

 When he stopped playing, he was Ireland’s third most-capped player (108) and the eighteenth most-capped international player in rugby union history. During his career, O’Connell captained Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. He is now a rugby pundit and commentator for BBC Sport.

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