France are blessed to have a defence coach of Shaun Edwards revered reputation and rich experience in the hot-seat.
The Wigan-born has overseen some of the most gargantuan clubs in the world and achieved huge success in the process having won the Heineken Cup, Premiership, Challenge Cup and three Six Nations in his storied career.
Not only that, Edwards is an incredibly amiable character, one who has a charming and humble aura despite the scale of his achievements.
Here, the legend picks his dream pack that he thinks would dominate any team across any era across the set piece and open play.
LP: Os du Randt (South Africa) – “Winner of two World Cups – in 1995 and 2007 – which makes him special and the most capped Springbok forward when he retired after beating England in Paris.”
HK: John Smit (South Africa) – “Another of the 2007 Springbok front row and the inspiration for his team.”
TP: Phil Vickery (England) – “Not too many tighthead props last the course but Vickery, despite injuries, made two World Cup finals and picked up the Heineken Cup and Premiership titles after moving to Wasps.”