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Dan Carter and his talented wife won a combined 180 caps for New Zealand

7. Bryan Habana (South Africa)

A World Cup winner in 2007, he chalked up records quicker than he sprints past opponents, scoring ten tries in his first ten Tests and 15 in his first 20.

McGeechan wrote: “Equal record-holder with Lomu on number of RWC tries. Very powerful and if you get him to within 5m of the line, he probably scores more tries than anyone else.”

6. John Kirwan (New Zealand)

Kirwan, a towering figure in rugby history, made an indelible mark with his remarkable speed, power, and grace on the field. Hailing from New Zealand, Kirwan’s illustrious career spanned over a decade, during which he dazzled fans with his exceptional try-scoring ability and unparalleled skill as a winger. A key member of the famed All Blacks squad, Kirwan’s legacy extends beyond his playing days, with successful coaching stints further solidifying his status as a true icon of the sport.

McGeechan wrote: “Made such an impression at the first Rugby World Cup in 1987. He was one of the first big wingers but he could also score tries from 60m out. He maybe did not have a great sidestep but his running angles were superb.”

5. Jason Robinson (England)

Playing as a wing or fullback, the 2003 World Cup-winner won 51 rugby union international caps for England and is the first black man to captain the England team. Throughout his career Robinson was noted for his speed and acceleration, side-step and ability to beat defenders.

McGeechan wrote: “He made such an impact on the game when moving from rugby league. He had dazzling feet that meant he so often beat the first defender and, like most top wingers, you could play off him as well as him being such a devastating finisher.”

4. Jeff Wilson (New Zealand)

Wilson, a multifaceted talent hailing from New Zealand, transcended boundaries with his mastery of both rugby union and cricket. As a dynamic winger for the All Blacks, Wilson’s electrifying pace and instinctive playmaking earned him widespread acclaim. Beyond rugby, his prowess on the cricket pitch showcased his versatility as a sportsman. With a career marked by numerous accolades, including Rugby World Cup triumphs and cricketing milestones, Wilson remains a revered figure in the annals of sports history.

McGeechan wrote: “Just a brilliant rugby player with vision and skill. I really enjoyed watching him. He played international cricket too and it backs up my belief that so many of the best players play different sports.”