Blindside-flanker: RICHARD HILL (ENG): It is unusual not to have a Springbok in my World XV but was Francois Pienaar better than Hill? Not in my opinion. The thing about Hill is that even at the highest level, he didn’t make mistakes
Openside-flanker: MICHAEL JONES (New Zealand): He had everything. Quick, athletic, skilful, brave, and a great team player. There have been some great No 7s; Winterbottom, Back, George Smith, Richie McCaw but none as good as Jones.
Number 8: ZINZAN BROOKE (NZ): So talented, so physical, such a great understanding of the game and so bloody competitive
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