BBC readers have selected their all-time rugby XV, two England legends selected - Ruck

BBC readers have selected their all-time rugby XV, two England legends selected

Choosing between Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Carter is just one of the significant decisions when assembling a World XV.

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Recently, over 200,000 rugby fans participated in a BBC poll, determining the ultimate all-time Rugby XV.

The competition for spots was fierce, resulting in some notable exclusions.

Now, let’s unveil the players who secured their spots based on the fans’ votes.

15. SERGE BLANCO (France)

The France legend could play on the wing, however, he was best known for his brilliance at fullback. Blanco, a legendary figure in rugby history, embodies skill, grace, and tenacity.

As a former French rugby union player, his illustrious career spanned decades, marked by breathtaking tries and strategic brilliance

14. BRYAN HABANA (South Africa)

South Africa speed machine Bryan Habana is regarded as one of the quickest players to ever play the game and helped his country to World Cup glory in 2007. He ended up on 15 World Cup tries, level with the New Zealand star. 

13. BRIAN O’DRISCOLL (Ireland) 

Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll is regarded as one of the greatest outside centres of all time. He captained his country for nine years and was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame back in 2016. 

Off the field, his humility and sportsmanship have left an indelible mark on the sport, earning him universal admiration.

12. MA’A NONU (New Zealand)

He was a key member of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup-winning side. Nonu is a titan of rugby, is renowned for his raw power and finesse on the field. As a formidable New Zealand midfielder, his thunderous tackles and lightning-fast breaks have dazzled audiences globally.

Amazingly, he’s still playing professionally in his 40’s for the San Diego Legion.

11. JONAH LOMU (New Zealand) 

The joint-top try-scorer in World Cup history, Jonah Lomu was always going to be in. The wing, who tragically passed away in 2015, is rightly remembered as a true All Black and World Cup great. 

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